Will Vols block Brown from transferring to USC?

Coming out of Wichita East high school (Wichita, Kan) in 2008, running back Bryce Brown was considered by many to be the top player in the nation.

Rivals.com had Brown ranked No. 1 overall and placed the coveted “five-star” rating on the 6’1”, 215-pound running back. Oregon, Miami, LSU and Clemson—to name a few—were all interested in getting “the next big thing” to commit.

In the end, Brown chose head coach Lane Kiffin and the Tennessee Volunteers. As a true freshman, he rushed for 460 yards and three scores—a solid start to a promising career.

But the Volunteers went a disappointing 7-6 in 2009 and Kiffin jumped ship to take over at USC for Pete Carroll, leaving a tidal wave of anger and frustration in his wake.

And that’s where this story gets juicy.

Brown informed new head coach Derek Dooley last Thursday that he has been dealing with some family and personal issues, according to Chris Low of ESPN.com. Dooley went on to state that Brown is no longer with the team, strengthening the belief that many have had for quite some time—that Brown will transfer out of Knoxville.

But if you’re thinking that the running back is headed to Southern California for a reunion with Kiffin, you’ve got another thing coming.

Per a report from Scott Wolf of the LA Daily News, it’s considered unlikely that Brown will transfer to USC because to do so, he would need permission from Tennessee.

And you can bet that with Kiffin’s abrupt departure still fresh in their minds, Tennessee wouldn’t jump at the opportunity to do their former head coach any favors—especially after promising so much and delivering so little in just one year on the job.

On one hand, it’s unfair to prevent a 19-year-old from pursuing his right to play where he’s most comfortable.

But on the other hand, this is big-time college football.

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