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Troy attrition continues as USC fullback leaves for UConn

Is it getting to the point where we ask the last backup at USC to turn out the lights before he leaves?

No, not even remotely close to that of course, but Lane Kiffin and his wobbly sanction-hit program are facing yet another challenge when it comes to keeping some quality depth on their current roster heading into the 2010 season.

According to ESPN.com, fullback D.J. Shoemate has decided to transfer from USC. To UConn.  

Again, Shoemate has decided to transfer to UConn.  From USC.

“I have much love for the USC,” Shoemate told the website. “The school is great, the fans are phenomenal and I’ll be a Trojan for life. This was a business decision. When the sanctions came, the opportunity came to go. Playing running back is what my passion is and at UConn I will have an opportunity to play right away and hopefully contribute to an up-and-coming program.”

“Business decision”?  We can hear it now and don’t want to see the comments that include some variation of “there’s no way UConn pays better than USC.”  It’s deplorable and not acceptable.

Again, though, a player at USC has willingly decided to transfer to UConn.  Storrs over Los Angeles.

Tough row to hoe for the time being, may we introduce you to Lane Kiffin.

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12 Responses to “Troy attrition continues as USC fullback leaves for UConn”
  1. BrownsTown says: Jul 9, 2010 10:05 AM

    John Taylor,
    “”Business decision”? We can hear it now and don’t want to see the comments that include some variation of “there’s no way UConn pays better than USC.” It’s deplorable and not acceptable.”
    I’m glad that you are laying down the law and standing up against such shenanigans. There’s no place for rhetoric like that on a college football website.

  2. SoFlaTrojan says: Jul 9, 2010 10:11 AM

    John,
    When a player transfers from tOSU do fans burn the player’s jersey? Does management come out and issue a statement where they sound like a scorned ex-girlfriend? Or is this just a Cleveland thing?
    Great get Uconn.

  3. SoFlaTrojan says: Jul 9, 2010 10:14 AM

    I can’t believe this story made it to CFT before the brawl in Knoxville.

  4. CleanSlaton says: Jul 9, 2010 10:59 AM

    That’s weird….I guess guys these guys transferring–want to be able to play in bowl games, win championships, and get rings. Go figure…..

  5. SkinsDevil says: Jul 9, 2010 11:14 AM

    any program where players were able to transfer to a different D1-A school without sitting out a year would lose a lot of backups.
    Especially when you’re talking about a school like USC where the great majority of backups are very highly touted and would start at many D1-A schools.
    That’s all that this is. Players who want to play seeing an opportunity to go a place they may start, whereas they know they would be a backup at USC.

  6. Jagdbaer says: Jul 9, 2010 12:14 PM

    You’re damn right its a business decision. Firstly, he gets a chance to start at another school. Secondly, he gets an extra game to show his wares (bowl game). And lastly, that extra time on TV gets him a chance for an invite to the pro-scout combine at Indy which in turn gives him a better chance of getting drafted by an NFL team. Staying on at probation-stricken USC when you’re a junior or senior is career suicide if an NFL career is what you aspire for.

  7. edgy says: Jul 9, 2010 1:10 PM

    Jagdbaer says:
    *******************
    I would be willing to bet that USC STILL has more guys invited to the combine than UConn for the next 1, 2, 3, 4 and 30 years.

  8. TigerTowner says: Jul 9, 2010 1:38 PM

    How many juniors and seniors does SC have left?

  9. davee1781 says: Jul 9, 2010 4:38 PM

    Can’t blame the kid. I’d go anywhere to avoid playing for Kiffin. In the end Kiffin will hurt USC more than NCAA sanctions.

  10. Trojanman says: Jul 9, 2010 5:51 PM

    Players are transferring to Uconn’s and Tenn’s because they want to “win championships and rings”?!? How mentally challenged is the readership of this blog? That is the stupidest statement that I have read all week.
    Ummm, let’s see, USC has now had 4 players transfer: 2 players were not on the team, and 2 backups buried on the depth chart.
    Impact on USC: nil. All the good players and starters are staying to win the AP championship. Some of the weak players are being culled from the heard. We still have a roster of 74. Last I heard, only 11 play at a time.
    Hate on, silly, jealous little haters.

  11. edgy says: Jul 9, 2010 10:58 PM

    Trojanman says:
    Ummm, let’s see, USC has now had 4 players transfer: 2 players were not on the team, and 2 backups buried on the depth chart.
    ********************
    With Shoemate 3rd on the depth chart at FB. It’s not like when SMU got the death penalty and the players left like rats off a sinking ship.

  12. Shoulder injury forces UConn RB to give up football | CollegeFootballTalk says: Apr 18, 2012 4:00 PM

    [...] who signed with USC in 2008, D.J. Shoemate‘s career never quite took off even after transferring to UConn in 2010. Now, it has unfortunately been cut short [...]

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