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O'Neill reinstates student manager

USC coach Kevin O'Neill has reversed course on his firing of Stan Holt and reinstated the graduate manager four days after letting him go in wake of the technical foul called on Holt in Saturday's game.

Holt, who buried his head in his hands after the incident, apologized and said in a statement his comments to officials were "out of place" but that he did not use profanity.

"He made a mistake and it was a costly one," O'Neill said in a statement. "Although I did not hear what was said, I realize he was trying to support our team and that he cares a lot about our team. But Stan understands that he was out of line.

"Everyone deserves a second chance and I'm willing to give him that second chance."