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USC to release Seantrel Henderson from LOI

Thankfully, it appears that the Seantrel Henderson circus saga may be over.

Per reports from both Joe Schad of ESPN and Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times, Lane Kiffin has released Henderson from his USC Letter of Intent, freeing the top-ranked prospect to move on to another school without sitting out a transfer season.

“As of 1:30 p.m, we are releasing Seantrel Henderson out of his national letter of intent with zero penalties and no restrictions,” Kiffin said. “Seantrel has been great through the whole process and we wish him the best of luck in his decision.”

Henderson was rumored to have been in Miami this past weekend — after twice being visited by members of the Trojans football program in an attempt to “re-recruit” the tackle — so the Hurricanes would be an obvious destination.  The Hurricanes have a scholarship available, so there would be no issues on that end. 

Additionally, Ohio State was high on the offensive lineman’s to-go list before he settled on a verbal commitment to USC this past February.

Either way, the circus saga has seemingly come to an end, at least as far as the Trojans are concerned.  Hopefully, Henderson is a little more decisive on his destination and does not drag it out for days/weeks.

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19 Responses to “USC to release Seantrel Henderson from LOI”
  1. villain_001 says: Jul 6, 2010 4:27 PM

    good luck

  2. Gatorfan1 says: Jul 6, 2010 4:32 PM

    Does he have to pay the money back???

  3. ajarkox says: Jul 6, 2010 4:48 PM

    What was Kiffin going to do? If he didn’t let him go, everyone else would think they were trapped.
    Smart move to clear up a potentially ugly mess.

  4. 78Lion says: Jul 6, 2010 4:54 PM

    There goes Daddy’s rapper deal!

  5. BigBlueGator says: Jul 6, 2010 5:04 PM

    Lane kiffin is great…. cookie monster could win at usc, with all the talent their.. Throw in monte and orgeron, eric mangini could run the table….

  6. BrownsTown says: Jul 6, 2010 5:25 PM

    Is the security deposit on the house refundable?

  7. Dug says: Jul 6, 2010 6:45 PM

    USC determined he was A: Over rated, and, B: His father is more trouble than he or the player is worth. Going to ride the boy for a paycheck. Right into oblivion.

  8. SkinsDevil says: Jul 6, 2010 7:04 PM

    if any other coach/program did this, the tone of the article, and about 90% of the comments would be how classy it was, and how it was the right thing to do.
    double standard, anyone?

  9. StevenofCalif says: Jul 6, 2010 7:19 PM

    Let’s hope now that his LOI to USC is void if he can chose a school, get in shape and play as well as the recruiters feel he can. If it’s Miami, I hope they have a closet for his father. Too bad he doesn’t go to Tennessee. There he could be with the whining Vol fans.

  10. overratedgators says: Jul 6, 2010 7:22 PM

    Gatorfan:
    “Does he have to pay the money back?”
    Got to give you credit on that. Pretty funny.

  11. OhioCelt says: Jul 6, 2010 9:39 PM

    Couldn’t he find atleast ONE Kardashian chick to hang with?

  12. burntorangehorn says: Jul 6, 2010 10:22 PM

    SkinsDevil–hey dude, long time no see!
    Anyway, I was just coming to post something to the effect of what you said, I guess. I was going to say that this was a(n uncharacteristically) classy move by Kiffin, not only to release Henderson with no restrictions, but to also state that the kid has “been great through the whole process.”

  13. Chris says: Jul 6, 2010 10:57 PM

    Seantrel will do terrific where ever he plays…USC is not a mistake!
    Wish him well…cream will always rise to the top!

  14. tryagain says: Jul 6, 2010 11:36 PM

    Umm, SkinsDevil, so true you are- for dear Lane sure is one class act. He proved that time and again during his nano-stint in the SEC.

  15. Fkerry12 says: Jul 6, 2010 11:54 PM

    After seeing want happened because of Bush’s father, USC did not want another problem parent.

  16. Gatorfan1 says: Jul 7, 2010 11:52 AM

    There’s been a lot of criticism of Seantrel Henderson & his father.
    In all honesty he & his father deserve some credit for being pretty shrewd in this whole matter.
    Yes, no doubt the father is a whack job, but having said that he was smart enough not to truly trust what Kiffin and his band of liers had to say.
    When all is said and done, just as he did at Tennessee Kiffin lied his ass off to a recruit. He knows how the game is played. If the whole thing backfired, he knew that most people would blame the father and that’s exactly what is happening. Kiffin now doesn’t have to say a thing because the national media is picking up the ball and running with the story that the father is a handful, while Kiffin is getting a free pass for his behavior.
    The bootom line is the family is smart enough to get away from Kiffin & the lies no matter what kind of media hit they take. Hopefully this will be a warning to other recruits concerning Kiffin’s ethics or lack thereof.

  17. Arizona Buckeye says: Jul 7, 2010 4:52 PM

    Forget the U – Come to OSU instead!!!!
    I know we don’t have a snowballs chance in hell but had to throw out some OSU vibe just incase…
    Gatorfan: that original comment was funny as f@#$!!!!

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