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What happened: USC linebacker Chris Galippo, a fifth-year senior, and other players said Notre Dame "quit" when the Fighting Irish did not use timeouts in the final minutes of their Oct. 22 defeat.
The apology: "If I offended anyone with my postgame comments Saturday, I do apologize," Galippo tweeted. "I have great respect for their players and their program. It was a great game by both sides. Time to focus on Stanford!!!" Coach Lane Kiffin also called Notre Dame Coach Brian Kelly to apologize. "On behalf of our football program, I apologize for Chris Galippo's statements after the game. I've addressed this with Chris and he is remorseful," Kiffin said in a statement. "I also called Coach [Brian] Kelly to personally apologize. As I said to the media immediately after the game, I thought Notre Dame played extremely hard throughout the game. It was another classic rivalry game and we feel fortunate to have won."