Bru McCoy reportedly considering transfer, USC facing more embarrassment

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Five-star athlete Bru McCoy is considering transferring from USC football, just a couple of weeks into his enrollment, according to

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With news of a Board of Trustees power struggle at the university level and the turbulent departure of offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury getting 2019 off to a rough start for USC, Thursday proved that things can indeed get worse.

Five-star athlete Bru McCoy is “mulling a transfer to Texas,” Adam Maya of reported giving credibility to rumors which had swirled online since Wednesday.

McCoy is the highest-rated player USC’s class of 2019 and is the Trojans’ lone five-star. He announced his commitment to the Trojans at the All-American Bowl on January 5 and enrolled in classes earlier this month, making his about-face quite surprising.

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Of course, there are reasons for this drama. McCoy picked USC over Texas in what appeared to be a tight decision. Plus, when McCoy signed he was jumping on the Kliff Kingsbury train. That train left the station for Arizona shortly after McCoy enrolled and there has been little movement towards naming a replacement offensive coordinator.

For now, McCoy hasn’t made a set-in-stone decision to leave, but the smoke is certainly there.

Trojan linebacker Hunter Echols tweeted ominously on Thursday morning: “Go to a school for you not for your parents or friends but for YOU make sure you’re happy.”

It may be a coincidence, but it’s out there.

Another unfortunate coincidence: Rumors of McCoy’s potential department come less than 24 hours after USC’s official athletics account tweeted congratulations to the new enrollee for being named the Maxwell Offensive National High School Player of the Year.


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The tweet, which included a picture of McCoy flashing a Fight On! while wearing the No. 5 jersey, came with a clarification: “FYI, he’s not wearing No. 5 next season.”

Turns out, that may be more true than anyone would have expected.

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If McCoy were to leave USC, knowing he has to sit out a season due to NCAA transfer rules because of his early enrollment, the embarrassment would be just the latest for a program embroiled in what feels like an endless stream of messes.

Already, 2019 has included the loss of Kliff Kingsbury, the de-commitment of Jordan Wilmore,  the indefinite suspension of basketball star Kevin Porter Jr., outrage over Lynn Swann’s apparently pointless banning of the Song Girls from basketball games and an internal feud on USC’s board of trustees.