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Tue. February 7, 2012 | Joey Knight | Email

Report: Agholor-related text could cost USC

A report by Yahoo! Sports indicates USC football coach Lane Kiffin -- no stranger to NCAA violations -- could again be in hot water over a Feb. 1 text message possibly regarding eventual Trojans signee Nelson Agholor.

The report centers around a pair of text messages Kiffin allegedly sent ESPN reporter Shelley Smith in the pre-dawn hours of National Signing Day. According to Smith, Kiffin texted her that "We need to get Nelson," presumably a reference to the Trojans' desire to sign Berkeley Prep's three-way prep all-American.

The NCAA prohibits coaches from talking about recruits before they have a valid National Letter of Intent on file. Agholor didn't sign until after noon -- Eastern Standard Time -- on Feb. 1.

In an e-mail to the Times, USC spokesman Tim Tessalone said the school was aware of the report, but declined to comment further in accordance with university policy.

In a 10-month span during his one-season stint as coach at Tennessee, Kiffin was found to have committed 12 secondary violations, all of which pertained to recruiting.

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