The Moody Rumors

The Internet was going wild Thursday with rumors of USC sophomore running back Emmanuel Moody and his possible transfer from Southern California to Oklahoma State. The truth is this scenario, while it could move fast, is in its infant stages. The 6-1, 205-pound Moody was the second leading rusher for the Trojans as a freshman last season with 459 yards (5.8 yards per carry) and 2 touchdowns.

He is currently featured on the West Coast regional edition of Sports Illustrated's College Football Preview issue. This weekend Moody suffered a bruised knee in the first scrimmage of camp at USC and Wednesday missed a walk-through, practice, and meetings. It has been confirmed that Moody has filed the necessary paper work for a transfer, but before any schools can contact him, USC must release him.

According to a report from a Southern California Web site, Moody has communicated his wishes to USC head coach Pete Carroll.

Carroll said, "It wasn't a snap decision at all. Yesterday afternoon we visited about it. He's of the mind he needs to move on."

When questioned on the reason for Emmanuel Moody's departure Carroll explained, "He's looking for an opportunity where he might be the only guy at a spot and really be a featured guy."

Now USC could release him and start the process, or they could give him a partial release limiting his destinations, or they could not release him. The third option would cause Moody to have to seek out his own future school and even pay his own tuition for a year. Regardless, Moody is subject to the transfer rules and having to sit out a year of competition before being eligible at any other school. Moody has a redshirt year to use that would preserve his remaining three years of eligibility.

If he does leave USC, Oklahoma State could be attractive as it is close to his Coppell, Texas, home, and one of his friends, Allen Oh, is a transfer defensive tackle from Missouri Southern currently playing at Oklahoma State.

Moody rushed for 1,170 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior at Coppell High School in the 2005 season. He rushed for 1,390 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior for the Coppell Cowboys. He was recruited by the likes of Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Texas A&M, TCU, Missouri, and USC before making an early commitment to Texas. He later changed his commitment to USC after visiting the Trojans late in the recruiting process.

According to MIchael Chang, his father figure in Coppell, who also aided him during the original recruiting process, Moody has said he will move back to Coppell and start looking for a future college home. Another option would be to lay out the mandatory sit out season and attend a junior college or community college to keep up his academics, and then make a decision on a school at mid-term so he could come in and compete in spring football.

It's an interesting scenario, but Moody's availability also has to be weighed against the running back prospects that Oklahoma State is currently recruiting -- DeSoto, Texas standout Cyrus Gray; Phoenix (Brophy), Ariz. and Cowboy legacy Ray Polk; and Guthrie, Okla. standout and top player in the state Kye Staley.

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