USC announced Friday defensive end Don Hill has been suspended and was sent home in advance of the Trojans’ season opener against No.1-ranked Alabama on Saturday in Arlington, Texas.
The school simply stated that Hill was suspended for a “violation of team rules.”
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However, as ESPN reports, Hill is being investigated for sexual assault in the same case that has resulted in teammate Osa Masina also getting suspended.
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According to details in a search warrant and affidavit obtained by ESPN from Los Angeles Superior Court, Hill is accused of sexually assaulting a woman in his off-campus apartment on July 15. The investigation also involves USC linebacker Osa Masina, who practiced earlier this week but was not allowed to travel to Texas for the game. Masina also is being investigated for an alleged sexual assault in his home state of Utah.
In the court documents, Masina is accused of providing the woman Xanax, alcohol and marijuana and raping her inside Hill’s apartment. Hill also is alleged to have raped the woman. Neither Masina nor Hill have been arrested or charged.
Hill, a 6’2”, 240-pound sophomore defensive end from Boise, Idaho is coming off a freshman campaign in which he recorded just seven tackles.
USC is coming off solid yet tumultuous 2015 campaign. The Trojans went 8-6 overall and 6-3 in Pac-12 action, while coming in a tie for first place in the Pac-12 South Division. USC’s season ended with a loss to Wisconsin in the National Funding Holiday Bowl.