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Tuesday, December 30, 2008
USC FB Havili out of Rose Bowl due to academics

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

LOS ANGELES -- USC coach Pete Carroll confirmed after practice that versatile fullback Stanley Havili won't play Thursday in the Rose Bowl Game presented by Citi due to academic ineligibility.

Carroll said the issue is short-term and the sophomore should be eligible to return for spring practices.

The fullback job will now be split three ways between junior Adam Goodman and freshmen Rhett Ellison and D.J. Shoemate.

The only other USC player who won't play in the Rose Bowl is injured safety Kevin Ellison, who will be replaced by Will Harris.

Harris has started four of the last five games for Ellison.

"Will Harris has played beautifully for us," Carroll said.