Seantrel Henderson: Easy come, easy go

The drama King has officially left the building, though he never really entered. In what has been a long drawn out recruiting process, and somewhat baffling, USC has released Seantrel Henderson from his letter of intent.

Henderson became the crown jewel of the Trojans’ 2010 recruiting haul, after he announced his decision to play for Lane Kiffin in February. For every day since that time, the nation’s top rated high school prospect (depending on the rating source) has appeared to be nothing but a lump of coal in a Southern California file box, lacking shine and worth.

2010 Henderson timeline

  • After Pete Carroll announced his departure from USC in January, Sean Henderson said the former coach failed to give his son celebrity-like status. There were apparently some phone calls that were not returned, creating a gap between USC and the other finalists on Seantrel’s list.
  • In February, Henderson shockingly agrees to play for new coach Lane Kiffin, making the announcement in New York on National Signing Day.
  • One day later, Henderson refuses to sign his letter of intent, citing the ongoing NCAA investigation of USC athletics and the possibility of sanctions.—As if the Hendersons were the only family in America that didn’t know about the Trojan dilemma, and were absolutely clueless just 24 hours earlier.
  • Henderson’s final high school grades are posted, and the offensive tackle signs his letter of intent.
  • Henderson fails to enroll in summer courses.
  • Lane Kiffin releases Henderson from his letter of intent.

A thin offensive front just got thinner, but the Trojans will make do with what they have. I could never understand what Seantrel wanted, as I can’t see something that is obviously hidden. His “on again, off again” relationship with USC may have stemmed from academics and the ever-changing scenarios they create. Or maybe it’s just a family needy for attention and not getting enough. Henderson is a young talent, and hopefully he will find what he’s been seeking.  Only one thing is certain after six months of playground tag, and it’s that Southern California wasn’t it.

Jackson flies South for the Winter

Malik Jackson has decided that he wants to “sing Rocky Top all night long after beating Florida”. The defensive end has become the second Trojan to abandon ship since NCAA sanctions have allowed USC juniors and seniors to transfer without penalty.

Jackson, slotted as a reserve after spring workouts, announced his intentions just one week after linebacker Jordan Campbell chose Louisville as his new football home.

All Quiet On the Western Front

With Jackson moving to Tennessee, is this a Vols victory in the “cold war”?

Tennessee hates Lane Kiffin and anything he’s associated with, which would also be hate for USC. For this reason, Clay Mathis of AOL fanhouse feels the Vols and Trojans are engaged in a cold war that will continue to play out for years.

Yep, college football has its own version of the cold war. The USC Trojans and TennesseeVolunteers, two nicknames rooted in war, commendations from conflagrations, can’t stand one another and won’t acknowledge that fact.

I guess I would be listed among those that won’t acknowledge the fact, because I don’t see it. I see Tennessee’s hate for Kiffin, and their hope that he falls flat on his face, but finding someone in Southern California that actually gave a damn about Tennessee would be a chore.

The Vols have always recruited the west, and spent the past four years playing games against Cal and UCLA, but they haven’t met the Trojans since 1981. 29 years of inactivity hardly warrants a reason for war. And to top it off, the Vols are 0-4 historically against the Cardinal and Gold, failing to score a single point in two of those games.

War? Not even close. A lover’s quarrel is more descriptive, with some in Knoxville having a hard time dealing with broken promises and rejection. In a lover’s quarrel, one person moves on, while the other remains obsessed until they can find another.  Derek Dooley has his work cut off for him.

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~ by Anthony on July 7, 2010.

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