(Daily News) With no fanfare and scant notice, USC linebacker Simione Vehikite returned to practice Wednesday after getting released from jail earlier this week. Vehikite served more than three months for leaving the scene of a car accident and driving with an .08 percent blood-alcohol level and causing injury. He was sentenced to a year in jail in mid-May after pleading no contest to the two felony counts. But he showed up at Howard Jones Field on Wednesday with no formal announcement from USC that he was even back on the team.
When Vehikite was arrested in March, Kiffin removed him from all team activities and said he was no longer with the program. Vehikite’s accident occurred in July 2011, but it took nearly a year before he was arrested. Vehikite’s return took on added significance because walk-on Will Andrew didn’t have his scholarship renewed this week. Kiffin said he doesn’t go out of his way to inform walk-ons when their scholarship is not renewed. “They’re never granted longer (than a year),” Kiffin said. “He was fortunate to have one for a year.”
Andrew tried to be diplomatic about his predicament.
“Whatever the coaches ask me to do, I’ll do,” Andrew said. “The situation was out of my control.”