With offensive lineman Roy Hemsley transferring to Arizona State, USC currently has scholarships allotted to 87 players. I addressed roster changes last week, but USC still needs two players to depart. And it could lose more.
Wide receiver Joseph Lewis still has a lot of obstacles ahead. Even though the district attorney is not filing felony domestic violence charges against him, the case now goes to the city attorney’s office. And perhaps more ominous, USC’s student conduct office will have its say eventually.
There is still no official word whether offensive lineman Nathan Smith will retire after a knee injury. Linebacker Olajuwon Tucker has always been a transfer candidate. And cornerback Jamel Cook’s status is always under scrutiny.
So the bottom line is USC get to 85 players on scholarship, one way or another.