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USC football: Injured Marc Tyler regrets comments regarding improper stretching

March 29, 2011 |  1:28 pm

Running back Marc Tyler, sidelined because of a hamstring injury, said Tuesday that he regretted making comments last week that indicated he was hurt because the Trojans did not stretch properly before their first early morning workout.

Coach Lane Kiffin said Saturday that Tyler’s injury occurred two hours into practice, so his logic was flawed. Kiffin noted that trainers set up tables on the pathway from the locker room to the practice field and tend to players who request extra stretching.

“I didn’t mean it as anything like slamming them but that’s what it came out to be,” Tyler said Tuesday. “I regret it because as a player you really can’t complain about what we do and what we don’t do because you can’t fight against the coaches. You just have to follow along with what they do.”

Tyler said he had not spoken to Kiffin about his comments, but running backs coach Kennedy Pola did address the matter with the senior.

“My legs were hurting and didn’t feel right the whole practice,” Tyler said. “I should have told [Pola] and he would have taken care of me. But it was the first day and I didn’t want to go to him and tell him and have to come out. So, instead, I pushed it and hurt myself.”

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Photo: Marc Tyler runs into the end zone in front of the Arizona State defense. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times