Trojan's Lendale White's prank puts scare into USC

USC seems to very loose and in good humor after pulling a prank that scared of the rest of the USC Trojan team. Guess when you're the #1 team in the country and have a 30 game winning streak joking about suicide is funny.

From The Daily Trojan.

"The Trojans received a trick and a treat during Monday's practice when LenDale White pretended to quit the team and jump off a building on Child's Way.

Only a few coaches and players knew about the prank, tricking most of the team and coaches along with the press.

The prank started when White got into a yelling match with USC coach Pete Carroll and then offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin.

Kiffin, however, had no clue that it was all a ploy and really told White to leave practice.

White told the coaches and players that he was mad and yelled that he didn't get enough carries.

"I tried to get my teammates to really believe it," he said.

White then stormed off of the field and told a reporter that he quit the team and was carted away.

"When a Fox (Sports) guy asked me what's wrong, I said, 'I quit,'" White said.

Practice then resumed as normal until the team's final meeting, when Carroll told players that they could win without White.

"I told them, 'We won with him and we can win without him,'" Carroll said.

Then the players heard White yelling that he hated football from the top of a building.

"I had to duck down so they wouldn't see me," White said.

Then a dummy with a No. 21 jersey was thrown off the building and the team and media realized it was all a joke.

Reggie Bush got a kick out of the hoax because he knew about it the whole time and was actually a candidate to play White's role.

"Reggie was scared to go on the roof so he talked LenDale into it," Carroll said.

Many players, including offensive lineman Winston Justice, believed the prank all the way up to point where the dummy was thrown.

"I thought he was serious, but I didn't think he was jumping," Justice said.

Carroll acknowledged that the whole prank affected practice because even some coaches did not know that White was not serious.

"The coaches were the funniest because they couldn't believe that stuff could go like that," he said. "Jethro Franklin was so sucked in. He put his arm around (White) and was talking to him trying to get him back in."

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