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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: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: July 7, 2010 4:42 am

With Henderson, what is the future of USC?

Didn't Dodd tell us that Kiffin wouldn't have made the move to USC if he knew that theNCAA was going to level such heavy sanctions against the program?  Well, so much for that bit of wisdom.  Now we're witnessing the fallout that results from the fact that USC did get tough penalties.  However the loss of any blue chip players in the near term is only the beginning.   I agree with the previous comments, the real punishment will kick in during the next few years, when the loss of scholarships hits.  No matter how many of those lost scholarships would or wouldn't have been used, this has to narrow yje margin for error for Kiffin and his staff during this time.  This is not to say that USC is in a death penalty situation.  Rather it will provide Kiffin an opportunity to prove his mettle as both recruiter, but more importantly as a coach. 

Since: Aug 28, 2009
Posted on: July 7, 2010 12:01 am

With the signing of the big LBer out of Florida..

...(Turene) is tomorrow's article gonna be about how SC is still tearing it up. <br /><br />Haters gonna hate.<br /><br />And after five years? Those of you who think there are still investigations going on at SC, it simply isn't true. There will have to be new allegations for their to be a new investigation. <br />I really don't understand all this envy. When The NCAA takes five years to investigate your school, finds three total players in three different sports, only one of whom benefitted from the university (for USC that's the women's tennis player!!!) and you get a two-year bowl ban and a loss of 30 scholies, then I will be sympathetic.<br />And Paul Dee in charge of the investigation??? Not enough has been made of that FIASCO...<br /><br />USC was gonna get a TV ban as well, but the ND lady on the investigative committee said no, because it would cost ND TV money. See how corrupt they are??? If USC deserved a TV ban, they should have gotten one. But the committee is looking out for themselves. And now Sentrel signs with UofMiami. Go Paul Dee.

Since: Mar 29, 2007
Posted on: July 6, 2010 11:58 pm

With Henderson, what is the future of USC?

Maux, Seantrel is not going to OSU. He'll be attending Miami. OSU didn't go after him since the release talk began a month or so back because of how some things turned out/words that were said. Miami had an opening which is interesting because that puts Latwan Anderson's scholarship for football in even more doubt. If Latwan has to take the track scholarship, he can't play football or even practice with the team for a year.

Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: July 6, 2010 11:43 pm

No Evidence of these Alleged Contacts

The reason why this probably won't be investigated further is that Baxter conveniently "lost" his phone, so has no evidence of these alleged contacts.  Now, of course, there are such things as phone records which 'SC could provide and the NCAA could comb through, if properly motivated, but my guess is that the accusations are baseless and 'SC won't push it because they know the accusations are baseless.  These guys really are the evil empire.

Since: Mar 30, 2008
Posted on: July 6, 2010 11:35 pm

With Henderson, what is the future of USC?

Probably zero....however you might be able to catch him on September 11, 2010...In a UM uniform...

Since: Jan 6, 2007
Posted on: July 6, 2010 11:15 pm

With Henderson, what is the future of USC?

You have no idea what the definiton of "collusion" is.  Look it up.  Using the word collusion would insinuate that USC is "colluding" with the other schools in a way that they would all benefit from a decision. 

What you are pointing out, and rightfully so, is called "tampering". 

Not even remotely collusion. 

Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: July 6, 2010 10:58 pm

With Henderson, what is the future of USC?

What would the effect of Tebow transferring or going to the NFL early have made on Florida last year? Would they be "worried about staying competitive"? Of course not, because there are other players there to step in, and even if the team doesn't do as well, it would still be stacked. Granted, USC will have some depth issues, but that is hardly catastrophic.

Plus, before predicting the downfall of the team, how about seeing just how many leave, and who it is.

The Peter Principle is alive and well with Dennis Dodd...   lol

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: July 6, 2010 10:08 pm

With Henderson, what is the future of USC?

they are busy looking into Joe McKnight and preparing for the moronic SC appeal.

wait till all of the facts come out.

Payo and Bushy Kardashian are only the tip of the iceberg.

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: July 6, 2010 9:30 pm

Trojan's Loss = Buckeye's Gain

How many days will it be before Ohio State announces that Henderson will be a Buckeye?

Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: July 6, 2010 9:22 pm

With Henderson, what is the future of USC?


How do you know the NCAA isn't looking at it?

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