KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — On National Signing Day, recruiting war rooms are often open to the media.
Usually that only means manufactured celebrations for ESPN. Sometimes, however, the microphone can capture frank comments from staff members.
That’s what appears to have happened in the Southern California war room. The Trojans used their official Instagram feed to publicize each new player on National Signing Day.
In the video in question*, a staff member slaps the name of a new signee on the board as an ESPN broadcast buzzes in the background. The network is discussing Tennessee’s class, including Jalen Hurd, and later Jakob Johnson.
An off-camera voice at USC says, “Jalen Hurd is so soft and terrible. I don’t know why he (unintelligible).”
The Instagram video was removed on Monday afternoon and USC issued an apology on its Twitter account.
USC Athletics apologizes for an inappropriate comment overheard on a video created on National Signing Day. The video has been deleted.
— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) February 17, 2014
The identity of the voice is unknown, although most fans on Twitter seem to think it’s a certain Trojans’ assistant coach who once played at UT.
The Vols and Trojans aren’t likely to meet anytime soon. But Hurd, an elite running back prospect from Hendersonville, Tenn., won’t have to look far for motivation in 2014.