Southern California quarterback Todd Marinovich had a severe ear infection and would have missed Saturday's game at Arizona State even before he was suspended for skipping classes. Coach Larry Smith said Wednesday that Marinovich had complained of the earache at practice Monday and received permission to seek treatment.
Marv Marinovich, the player's father, also said his son was suffering from an ear infection that had caused some loss of equilibrium.
Smith announced on Tuesday that Marinovich was suspended for one game. The coach said he received a report that Marinovich had skipped several classes last week, which was grounds for suspension under an agreement Smith made with Marinovich and his parents.