Bernard Schirmer, the controversial offensive lineman who made headlines in 2016 when he appeared to strike a referee during a game against Ventura College, has decided to attend USC.
Schirmer was expected last month to attend Utah.
“We vetted for three months, talking to administrators, coaches and counselors at Mt. SAC and also had a chance to sit down with his family this summer,” USC coach Clay Helton said. “We learned that we were dealing with a tremendous young man, a great student and a great person.”
Schirmer was never charged by the Ventura County district attorney’s office because investigators were not sure they could convince jurors the contact was made intentionally and on purpose.
Schirmer said he often attempted to calm himself down by hitting himself on the helmet and accidentally hit the referee. You can see video of the incident here.
Former Dallas Cowboys head coach Dave Campo has joined the USC staff as a defensive consultant. Hopefully he will not be a yes man to Clancy Pendergast.