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Markeith Ambles ineligible for 2011

LOS ANGELES -- University of Southern California receiver Markeith Ambles is academically ineligible for the 2011 season, Trojans coach Lane Kiffin said Tuesday.

Ambles, a sophomore, had been going through academic troubles since his arrival at the school last summer. He left the team abruptly last November after he was suspended indefinitely and fell far behind in his classes as a result, although he did rejoin the team in January.

He attempted to raise his GPA up to the necessary level over the spring and the summer sessions, but, in recent weeks, Kiffin indicated it was unlikely he'd qualify to compete this upcoming season.

"We're just trying to figure out what's the best plan with Markeith," Kiffin said Tuesday. "We've got to sit down and figure it out, but we're trying to focus on the guys that are out here first."

Ambles has been in and out of practice during the Trojans' fall camp, which began two weeks ago. At first, Kiffin said he was sitting out to focus on finishing up his summer coursework. Once he finished classes, though, he missed more sessions, with Kiffin saying he wanted to give the repetitions at receiver to players who were more likely to be able to help the team.

Kiffin said Ambles' next step -- whether or not to stay at USC -- would be a "group decision," made with the receiver and his family and the Trojan coaches.

If he stays at USC, he'll redshirt the 2011 season and play next year as a redshirt sophomore.

Pedro Moura is a regular contributor to ESPNLosAngeles.com.