Former USC kicker Matt Booermeester got a small victory Friday as he challenges his expulsion from the school.
Boermeester, who kicked the game-winning field goal in the Rose Bowl, was expelled in July. He took USC’s decision to court, and a Los Angeles Superior Court judge issued a stay in his case Friday.
But that doesn’t mean Boermeester is free to rejoin the football team or even set foot on the USC campus. From the Orange County Register:
Judge Amy Hogue granted Boermeester’s request to stay the ruling, but on conditions that he not re-enroll in classes or visit campus.
“The court should be cautious when undermining a university’s disciplinary process,” Hogue said during a 45-minute hearing.
A trial in the case is set for January 2018. An attorney for Boermeester said the kicker is “considering his options” after the stay. He was expelled after an alleged incident with his girlfriend.
His girlfriend, Zoe Katz, has previously said Boermeester did nothing wrong, though she allegedly told USC Title IX staff that she was assaulted when she was interviewed by them.
She’s since said she was taken out of context. At the time of Boermeester’s expusion, she said the school’s investigation was “unfair.”
“When I told the truth about Matt, in repeated interrogations, I was stereotyped and was told I must be a ‘battered’ woman, and that made me feel demeaned and absurdly profiled,” Katz said in her summer statement. “I understand that domestic violence is a terrible problem, but in no way does that apply to Matt and me.”
Boermeester’s 46-yard field goal as time expired gave USC a dramatic 52-49 win over Penn State in the Rose Bowl. He was 18-25 on field goals and 53-54 on extra points in 2016.
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