Thornton Denied by USF; Looking at Options

DT Khyri Thornton, who signed with the Bulls in February,was informed that he was not accepted by the academic committee. The DT said he's looking at his options, but the Bulls aren't completly out of his plans.

In just a few weeks defensive lineman Kyhri Thornton was planning to enroll with the USF to start his college career with the Bulls. However, Thornton said he was told by the Coach Mike Canales this weekend that he could not sign with the Bulls because he was not approved by the school's academic committee which was formed last year.

"I'm not going to be attending USF this fall," said Thornton. "The academic committee denied me and said I'd have to wait a year before my entrance."

"I was surprised," said Thornton, who is from Bay High school, but was attending Hargrave Military academy to get his grade-point average high enough to meet NCAA requirements. "I was cleared by the NCAA, but I guess the academic committee didn't think I could do the work because my GPA was low."

Kyrhi said he could either go to another 4-year college or go to a junior college to work on his grades.

"I really don't know what I'm going to do now, it's very frustrating, said Thornton. "I had all that stuff with FSU, then went to Hargrave and signed with USF. Now I got to think about it."

Kyhri said he was all set to go by the clearinghouse and was thought be on campus in just a few weeks. "I was supposed to enroll on the 23rd with South Florida, but now I can't enroll anywhere until August."

This is the second year of USF's academic committee, which must grant USF's coaches approval who are academically at-risk and under university policy, there is no appeal. Last year offensive lineman Justin Green was denied acceptance by the committee.

"They said there's a possibility that I could go to a junior college, prove to the school that I can do the work and come back next summer," said Thornton. "But I heard from others that I have to finish junior college first, so we'll see."

Thornton said Coach Canales called him this weekend to tell him he couldn't sign. "I could tell he was frustrated," Thornton said. "He said he had some other schools interested in me and they would be calling me within the week."

"I got to find another school," said Kyrhi. "I'm thinking about N.C. State, Clemson or Southern Miss. I'm taking an official to Southern Miss Friday. They're going to go before their academic committee this week to see if I can get in."

Kyhri said he first going to check out all his 4-year options over the next few weeks and see what his options are before making a decision.

"Both Coach Canales and Coach Leavitt weren't very happy, but I haven't made up my mind yet. If things don't work out, then I'm going to go to a junior college and transfer back to South Florida when I'm done."

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