USC reserve defensive end Malik Jackson has confirmed that he intends to transfer to Tennessee, becoming the second Trojan upperclassman to leave the program in the wake of NCAA sanctions imposed on the football team last month.
Due to the severity of the sanctions, which ban USC from competing in postseason play for the next two seasons, NCAA-instituted bylaws allow juniors and seniors to transfer to another Division I-A school outside of the Pac-10 without having to sit out a season.
Jordan Campbell, a junior linebacker, was the first player to transfer when he opted to leave USC for Louisville last month.
Jackson was a regular contributor for the Trojans, appearing in all 13 games in 2009 and recording 3.5 sacks.
According to Jackson, the sanctions did not play a role in his decision to leave. Rather, it was that Tennessee had contacted him last month, saying that they could really use his help.
That was enough for Jackson to jump ship, saying, "I just felt like I needed to be someplace else."
So is this the end of transfers for the Trojans, or are we seeing just the tip of the iceberg?
Here are some of the players most likely to follow Campbell and Jackson in the search for a better playing situation.