On Tuesday, the sophomore wide receiver was ruled academically ineligible for the second time in the last year. Due to this ruling, Ambles will miss the entire 2011 college football season. And after missing the majority of the 2010 season for the same reason, there seems to be little hope that he’ll ever live up to the hype.
After signing with USC as the No. 3 high school receiver in the nation in 2010, Ambles has done nothing to prove that he was worth the scholarship. Along with being ruled academically ineligible twice, he has had myriad other problems. After he was ruled ineligible in 2010, he left the team in November only to return in mid-January. Throughout the 2010 season, it seemed like only head coach Lane Kiffin himself knew whether or not Ambles was really on the team.
Unfortunately, things haven’t gotten any better this year for Ambles. During 2011 spring training, he had an unexcused absence from practice after arriving late to a weightlifting session only a few days earlier. He has involuntarily missed numerous practices while running laps around USC’s practice field as punishment for his lack of punctuality. By the sound of it, the Trojans would need to hire a personal watchman to consistently get this guy out to practice.
“We’re focusing on the guys who are out here and just trying to figure out what’s the best plan for Markeith,” said Kiffin. “We’re going to sit down and talk about it. It’ll be a group decision.”
Now that Ambles has been held back by academic difficulties again, his future as a football player looks dim. He only has one career reception for a whopping three yards, which probably won’t entice too many NFL scouts.
This five-star talent has produced almost nothing during his time as a Trojan and it doesn’t seem like they should be expecting anything from him in the near future. Talk about the true definition of sunken capital.
Considering the fact that Ambles’ USC career is already dangling by a thread, he may want to practice the phrase, “would you like fries with that?”