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Without Henderson, what is the future of USC?

Posted on: July 6, 2010 7:52 pm
Edited on: July 11, 2010 12:25 pm

The question now has to be asked: Is there officially an exodus out of USC?

When blue-chip recruit Seantrel Henderson was released from his letter of intent on Tuesday, he was on his way to becoming the third USC player to transfer from USC since the NCAA penalties were handed down June 11. A fourth player said he was contacted by several schools about transferring.

Henderson is easily the biggest loss, though. The nation's No. 1 recruit had a chance to start as a freshman and was projected as a future anchor on the offensive line. Various reports had USC coaches traveling twice to Henderson's home in the Twin Cities in recent days in an attempt to keep him in the fold.

Releasing Henderson from his letter of intent conceivably allows him to transfer immediately and be eligible this fall. Most of the speculation has Henderson headed to Miami which was one of his finalists along with Ohio State. Henderson committed to USC live on CBS College Sports in February but didn't sign his LOI until late March, supposedly out of concern for the severity of the NCAA penalties.

The NCAA infractions committee came close to dealing USC the death penalty last month when it applied a two-year bowl ban and removed 30 scholarships over three years. The school is appealing some of the penalties saying they are too harsh.

With those kinds of penalties, USC has to be worried about staying competitive in the near term. If USC is nicked enough by the penalties, the suffering will be significant for a program still considered by some to be in the dynasty stage. The current losses already are eating into the depth. Without those 30 scholarships, Kiffin will have to play more and more walk-ons. Also, he absolutely cannot miss with the scholarships he has to hand out.

Even when all the penalties end in 2014, the lingering effects remain to be seen. And will the USC administration be patient enough with Kiffin for him to slog through what is looking like a considerable downturn?

" ... this thing regarding USC and the NCAA is to me the closest thing to death without dying," Reggie Bush told the New Orleans media last month.

For now, USC has lost Henderson, defensive end Malik Jackson (transfer to Tennessee) and linebacker Jordan Campbell (Louisville).  Both Jackson and Campbell took advantage of NCAA bylaws that allow rising juniors and seniors from programs hit by major NCAA sanctions to transfer immediately without sitting out.

We’ll see if the flow of players out of Troy continues. USC freshman sensation Dillon Baxter reportedly told the school's director of compliance last month that he had been contacted about transferring by five schools -- Florida, Washington, Alabama, Oregon and Fresno State. Florida, Washington, Alabama and Oregon denied they had contacted Baxter.

USC AD Mike Garrett contacted Florida AD Jeremy Foley recently telling Foley, Baxter "has now confirmed that he did not receiver a call from your instition." The letter, dated July 1, was obtained this week by Alabama received a similar letter according to the Mobile (Ala.) Press-Register. Oregon and Washington officials expect to get a similar letter according to a source at each school.

It is considered an NCAA violation to contact a player about transferring before he has been released from his scholarship.



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Since: May 31, 2009
Posted on: July 7, 2010 5:23 pm

With Henderson, what is the future of USC?

Baxter would later retract his story and say that he did not receive a call from these institutions.

Since: Dec 17, 2006
Posted on: July 7, 2010 4:23 pm

With Henderson, what is the future of USC?

USC freshman sensation Dillon Baxter reportedly told the school's director of compliance last month that he had been contacted about transferring by five schools -- Florida, Washington, Alabama, Oregon and Fresno State. Florida, Washington and Oregon, Alabama denied contacting Baxter.
I don't want to make a story without looking more into this, but if the above statement is true why is the NCAA not looking into that?  If a kid is being contacted by schools while still under scholarship, that is considered a MAJOR violation.  It's essentially collusion.

Again, I am not trying to start anything with fans of those schools, I am going to see if I can find some more articles concerning this before I do.

Hello ?  Did you read the rest of the article ?  Only from a Detroit Lions fan.......

Since: Sep 6, 2007
Posted on: July 7, 2010 3:29 pm

With Henderson, what is the future of USC?

Well had you read the whole stpry you'll see where USC contacted Florida and Bama to extend an apology for what happened stating that neither of the schools attempted to contact Baxter (by his own admission)

Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: July 7, 2010 2:41 pm

With Henderson, what is the future of USC?

Even before the sanctions, The trojans were returning to the 90's.  This team will nto win the PAC 10 for a few years, the sanctions just give them an excuss for the string of losses they are going to have in the conference and to UCLA. 

Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: July 7, 2010 2:20 pm

With Henderson, what is the future of USC?

I've read a lot of these posts and disagree with a lot of what everyone says.  This is a big deal.  Losing 30 players is basically what it amounts to.  Especially when most teams carry a 72 man roster.  Knowing this is important because let's face it.  A lot of talented players aren't the 5 star recruits we all get overexcited about.  Now many of them will turn out to be spectacular but there are plenty of busts too.  USC will take a hit.  They aren't going to be 1-10 anytime soon but they aren't going to be going to any National Championships for the next few seasons.  That's a guarantee. 

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: July 7, 2010 1:28 pm

With Henderson, what is the future of USC?

I agree.  Not only will it affect the depth, it will also be a huge blow to morale not having a bowl game to play for.

Since: Dec 10, 2008
Posted on: July 7, 2010 1:10 pm

With Henderson, what is the future of USC?

Dodd maybe you write an article about how much there schollies are gonna hurt usc and really explain to some of these usc fans that think their bulliet proof and that they will come out again in this matter.

people should go see how the hurricanes were in the '90s under the probation when fsu was beating them like it owed them money, or take a peek at how good OU was in the '90s when the huskers were moping them up with 3rd string players in the 3rd quarter. go look back at the smu and how the pony express was derailed and killed by the ncaa. top recruits will not wanna come to usc if their getting dragged by the oregons and ucla, esp with slick Rick at ucla you can bet the rest of the pac10 will sit and throw offers out knowing usc will have to think and look very carefully at who they sign.

usc might not see it all crumble now but slowly the 28' rims will come off the old school car, already some recruits are leaving and when they start taking big losses on the field aka another 4-5 loss season then you will really see recuits run. as someone mention no school has a roster solely built on 4-5 star recruits, you definitely have a foundation on 2-3 stars and than have alot of 4-5 players in skill position or you develop the 3star to 4-5 star potential.

you dont see a loss of recuiting till down the road, a perfect example is nebraska after TO left in '97. we still had his recruits for four years so that why solich did well thru 98-01, after the initial 4 loss season in '98 solich only lost 5 games thru 99-01, with TO playes but as soon as '02 rolled around the wheels came off like they werent even bolted on. the sad part is nebraska wasnt on probation or at a loss of schollies and neb was still a power back then, so think whats gonna happen to usc if kiffin doenst use is schollies right or if they start to lose on the field. you can beat your house ucla/oregons are smiling and doing backflips right now, this season might be the last time usc will be feared like they were when carroll was coach.

Since: Feb 5, 2010
Posted on: July 7, 2010 1:04 pm

With Henderson, what is the future of USC?

For his next TV cconference, he should come out singing "Fight the team across the field"

Or maybe team up with LeBron tomorrow night & announce he is attending OSU.

Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: July 7, 2010 1:03 pm

Lovin' every minute of it!

I'm not sure exactly what it is, but something about Lane Kiffin grates on my nerves.  I suppose that him leaving Tennessee for cushey USC, then having all of this fall right on top of him is some sort of karma thing.  Or maybe it wsa that he was running from the SEC after running him mouth last offseason.  I dont' know, but this guy is a jackwagon and he deserves all the crap he's getting right now.

Since: Mar 7, 2007
Posted on: July 7, 2010 1:00 pm

With Henderson, what is the future of USC?

Hey Dennis, here's the .

Reduction of football athletics scholarships to 15 initial grants and 75 total grants for each of the 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years. This represents a decrease of 10 scholarships for each of the three seasons. This is the ninth bullet.  I can't figure out what is an initial grant, but "75 total grants" means 75 total scholarships, rather than the usual 85. USC will be able to offer scholarship to as many players as want USC, up to the limit of 75.  The big penalty is the post-season ban and players leaving because they want the extra exposure.

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