NCAAF  > General NCAAF  > USC exodus.
July 6, 2010, 12:14 AM
"According to Bruce Feldman of ESPN.com, USC defensive end Malik Jackson has decided to transfer from the Trojans football program as a direct result of NCAA sanctions. The program he's decided to transfer to?

The Tennessee Volunteers."
http://tinyurl.com/22tvtm9


Rivals 4 star recruit.

The domino's are starting to fall. Seantrel Henderson looks like he's going to Miami. Here's the damage so far

Jordan Campbell-4star LB, number 3 overall in his class
Seantrel Henderson-5star, number 1 overall recruit.
Malik Jackson-4 Star DE
Jarvis Jones-4 star LB
July 6, 2010  12:45 AM ET

It does look like USC will lose a few key recruits/players when all is said and done.

The question is - will the losses hurt them at those positions?

At some positions they are so loaded that players have to battle for playing time. At other positions they are looking at putting in new starters for the 2010 season.

Players that are thinking about transferring also have to consider that they could redshirt at USC this year anyway, so they would only miss 1 bowl game (2011 season) if they stayed.

And... if they do transfer (freshman and sophomores only) they will have to sit out for 1 year at the new school.

July 6, 2010  12:55 AM ET

Interesting that a ND poster is the one who brings this up...

Will make it that much more comical when USC beats ND again this year.

July 6, 2010  01:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Interesting that a ND poster is the one who brings this up...
Will make it that much more comical when USC beats ND again this year.

That's what makes cfb so much fun though.

Hating your rivals.

Plus, a true rivalry is rarely lopsided in 1 direction for very long.

July 6, 2010  01:41 AM ET

What's your source regarding Henderson? Let's not confuse facts with rumors.

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July 6, 2010  01:57 AM ET
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That's what makes cfb so much fun though.Hating your rivals.Plus, a true rivalry is rarely lopsided in 1 direction for very long.

Yah, but I don't get some fans. The more ND fans trash and belittle USC the worse it will be when ND loses (and even if they win it brings down the quality of the win). You can hate your rival, but talking them down is never good policy.

July 6, 2010  01:58 AM ET

Also, for ND fans out there-what was the way that the last ND coach that was worth a crap treated the teams that he playing that year???

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July 6, 2010  05:44 AM ET

Why cloud all these posts with facts? Conjecture and speculation are more to my liking.

July 6, 2010  07:13 AM ET
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Plus, a true rivalry is rarely lopsided in 1 direction for very long.

Very true. In two years' time, when USC has gone ten years without losing, we may have to start pondering, "is it a true rivalry?"
Here's a frightening thought for perspective: Vanderbilt has beaten Tennessee more recently than ND has beaten USC.

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July 6, 2010  11:00 AM ET
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Very true. In two years' time, when USC has gone ten years without losing, we may have to start pondering, "is it a true rivalry?"Here's a frightening thought for perspective: Vanderbilt has beaten Tennessee more recently than ND has beaten USC.

Dang. I guess I need to schedule another visit to the electro-shock therapist to try to forget about that awful game against the Commode Odors. Stupid Jay Cutler.

July 6, 2010  11:01 AM ET
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USC is about to embark on the most meaningless 25-game winning streak in history.

Rolf Tnerb!

But don't overlook the Cougs. USC has to play them in Pullman this year.

July 6, 2010  01:02 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

That's what makes cfb so much fun though.Hating your rivals.Plus, a true rivalry is rarely lopsided in 1 direction for very long.

This might be something of an overstatement ... as much as I hope that OU beats UTx in the RRSO, and as much as I find burnt orange to be repulsive ... I have way too many friends who are UTx fans (including several here) to indulge in the sort of "hate" postings that some post on this board (and elsewhere). I no longer revel in every UTx loss and no longer choose to rub it in to their fans when it happens. The rivalry is still there, but I've given up the hate.

Haters need to keep in mind that no victory in sports is ever permanent. And what goes around comes around. If you revel to excess in this year's victory over your rival, it can come back on you next year ... Rivalries are indeed an important element in the fun of CFB, but hating isn't fun at all (especially apparent when it rebounds on the hater).

July 6, 2010  01:08 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

This might be something of an overstatement ... as much as I hope that OU beats UTx in the RRSO, and as much as I find burnt orange to be repulsive ... I have way too many friends who are UTx fans (including several here) to indulge in the sort of "hate" postings that some post on this board (and elsewhere). I no longer revel in every UTx loss and no longer choose to rub it in to their fans when it happens. The rivalry is still there, but I've given up the hate. Haters need to keep in mind that no victory in sports is ever permanent. And what goes around comes around. If you revel to excess in this year's victory over your rival, it can come back on you next year ... Rivalries are indeed an important element in the fun of CFB, but hating isn't fun at all (especially apparent when it rebounds on the hater).

TB...great response....I would add watching the game becomes much less enjoyable when all you can do is root against a team. The overall mood becomes more and more negative, and any joy is short lived.

July 6, 2010  01:24 PM ET

Malik Jackson's career so far has been strictly as a reserve. My guess is this 4-star looked around and saw he had lousy prospects for starting and used the free pass from the NCAA to maybe step right in and start for someone else. Hell, Orgeron may have pointed him toward Knoxville.

So far, I'm surprised there aren't more USC benchwarmers looking to do the same thing.

 
July 6, 2010  02:23 PM ET
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Malik Jackson's career so far has been strictly as a reserve. My guess is this 4-star looked around and saw he had lousy prospects for starting and used the free pass from the NCAA to maybe step right in and start for someone else. Hell, Orgeron may have pointed him toward Knoxville. So far, I'm surprised there aren't more USC benchwarmers looking to do the same thing.

Initially I don't think having these "talented but unproductive" guys leaving will hurt. The problem is that it will effect the depth in the long run when coupled with the reduction of scholarships over the next few years. A few injuries and it can start hurting. USC does have an advantage in that they will always have top prospects that don't depend on scholarships because they can afford to pay their own way. This will continue as long as USC stays with winning seasons and can avoid perceptions of a sinking ship.

The biggest problem with these guys leaving is a perception problem. If you continue to loose these bench warmers, especially the ones that came in as 3-5 star talent, it could create a climate of "fear", a perception that things are worse than they are. I think that is why it is so important for Kiffin to persuade S.H. to come on to USC. If there are more that leave this summer and then Kiffin has a mediocre season, the outside and even to a degree the inside view of the program will be tarnished. And if they are not able to persuade the committee to lessen the bowl bans, then the real problems may come next year when your seniors will still have the option to leave without sitting out a year. Having a bad year, with other of their friends having left, it could start to dip into the some of the other players that want to end on a good note aimed at a possible NFL career. This is really why the getting the bowl ban reduced is so important. It would put a stop to the attrition and allow the program to start the maintenance phase of the penalties.

Sanctions hurt no matter what but USC has a strong base and if Kiffin can step up and finally become a leader then they will hopefully be able to weather it.

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