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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: Jun 11, 2010
Posted on: July 7, 2010 12:54 pm

With Henderson, what is the future of USC?

Here's an idea. Why don't they use all of their scholarships then maybe they would be in the championship hunt. In case you haven't noticed the SEC has won the last four titles. They beat up on each other year after year and still win it all. USC only loses one game because the PAC-10 top to bottom is not as strong as the SEC. USC wouldn't be in this position if they would have just follow-up the rules. I don't feel one bit sorry for the school. I do however feel sorry for the honest students who wanted to go play football there.

Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: July 7, 2010 11:57 am

With Henderson, what is the future of USC?

Every school in the nation can recruit every USC junior and senior regardless of scholarship status.  Sorry you are wrong rlkid23.   Tennessee sent USC a list of every junior and senior to let them know the Vols are going to contact them. 

Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: July 7, 2010 11:54 am

With Henderson, what is the future of USC?


Believe me, the big penalty is the 30 scholarships. That's 1.2 recruiting classes over three seasons. USC gets only 1.8 recruiting classes, max, from 2011-2013.


Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: July 7, 2010 11:39 am

With Henderson, what is the future of USC?

Reading these comments has made me understand that USC got off light with the punishment they received.  There really seems to be this attitude of we are too good to follow your silly rules.  As stated by a few ppl that don't currently attend USC...this penalty will crush the USC program.  SMU used to be a power (granted their penalty was much harsher), Miami was a huge power and now they are almost an afterthought.  I figure a 10 year drought is in the cards and if you don't think that UCLA and Neuheisel will take advantage in the meantime, then you truly are delusional.

Since: Sep 2, 2008
Posted on: July 7, 2010 11:23 am

With Henderson, what is the future of USC?

Whomever can have him. The luggage for him is piling up(his dad being the biggest piece). Who know's how this guy will even do in College. He doesn't even plan on stayin' past his 3rd year. And by his grades, you can tell an Education is last on his list.

Are some of these guys still worried about a Bowl game. Most scouts are drunk at the Bowl game. Most of their homework is done during the regular season when they can evaluate your work ethic and your game day ability. I still can only remember maybe 1 player uping his draft status on a Bowl game. Flutie, and he still had to play in Canada to prove he could play NFL ball.

I bet they put more of their $$$ into the Combine #'s than your Bowl #'s anyway...


USC will FIGHT ON with or without any of these Knuckle's.....

Since: Aug 24, 2009
Posted on: July 7, 2010 11:15 am

With Henderson, what is the future of USC?

It really is amazing to read some of these comments....losing those scholies is huge,....just huge.  Just look to Miami in the 90's to see the resulting effects.....USC is going to get pummeled and pummeled often.  It's not like everyone on the roster is five star....even top schools like USC fill their roster out with 2 and 3 stars players....some of them will now be starters.

That last year Miami was under penalty....FSU destroyed them.....its not a matter of IF but WHEN for USC.

Anyone who thinks they'll just keep on truckin is a first grade moron or a first rate homer and has no clue of what was actually handed down from the NCAA.

USC fans need to wake up and send flowers to the athletic dept....that sentence signaled a funeral.

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: July 7, 2010 10:37 am

With Henderson, what is the future of USC?

I believe that USC will roll just as strong as before if Lane Kiffin can keep recruiting well and he seems to have a great start.   They have an awesome school, great facilities and tradition and they are still the biggest football game in LA.  

It is sad how ineffective the NCAA seems.   The Reggie Bush story broke years ago, it took years to hand out punishment the school says it to harsh, yet they keep their upperclassmen, most of their recruits, will win lots of games and keep rolling. 

Worse yet the coach in charge escaped to the pros, the player involved is in the NFL and doing great, dating hot women with TV shows, Reggies family got the best rental property ever, and a couple of agents lost money, I think.   The AD and the school will be fine.  

So for one year they can not win the national championship which hurts players who were not in school for the scandal. 

So how many schools will make meaningful changes, not just lip service, to stop this type of thing from happening to them?    I think none. 

Since: Nov 24, 2008
Posted on: July 7, 2010 10:34 am

With Henderson, what is the future of USC?

 bigdog why couldn't Latwan play football? Wouldn't he then just be considered a walk-on. If not mistaking he would have redshirted this year anyway.

Since: Mar 7, 2007
Posted on: July 7, 2010 9:44 am

With Henderson, what is the future of USC?

USC will do fine.  Most players won't leave and they will still be able to recruit. 

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. The accurate way to mention the scholarship penalty is "10 scholarships for 3 years".  For three years starting with the 2011 signing period, USC may not have more than 75 players under a football scholarship.  The big penalty is the 2 year bowl ban.  Since Reggie Bush was an illegal player during two NC's, it's only fair that USC gets a two game bowl ban.  USC coaches and officials had to know what was going on within their program.  The coaches were clearly excellent at coaching and maintaining contol of their players, they had to be deliberately ignoring what was going on.  Take the punishment like gentlemen, USC will be back.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: July 7, 2010 9:02 am

With Henderson, what is the future of USC?

The difference in the Tebow leaving early analogy you stated is that Florida didn't lose scholarships and wasn't on probation.  Less scholarships means a thinned out football team.  Injuries will play a huge role for USC.  Once you lose some starters to injury, the dropoff of talent will be substantial without those scholarships.

USC isn't going to be able to replace a Henderson.  He's rated as the nations top recruit for a reason.  It is a huge blow to a team that is losing scholarships to boot.  There will be less success on the field because of this. 

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