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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Monday, January 11, 2010

CFB: Report: Former USC coach claims addiction to meds

Associated Press

SI.com is reporting a former Southern California assistant football coach stated in legal documents that he received prescriptions from team and university doctors he used to feed his addiction to painkillers.

The Web site reports Dave Watson says in a deposition he told then-Trojans coach Pete Carroll of his addiction in February 2008, but was allowed to keep his job and use a vehicle provided by USC.
Watson was involved in a car accident in May 2008, in which he pleaded no contest to DUI charges and received three years’ probation, SI.com reported. The driver of the car Watson hit is now suing Watson and USC.
In the three months between Watson’s alleged discussion with Carroll and the crash, Watson was prescribed 1,680 tablets of pain medication, SI.com reported, citing the deposition.