This time last week, Glen Stanley wasn't going anywhere. The incoming USC linebacking prospect, a juco transfer from Eastern Arizona College, had asked for and been denied his release from the Trojans, reportedly to move closer to his girlfriend and young daughter in Florida.
In something of an about-face, albeit an unsurprising one, the university announced today that Stanley is a free man:
"We received response today from USC's senior associate athletic director Mr. (Steve) Lopes and they effectuated the complete release from his National Letter of Intent, allowing Glen to attend another school without any further ineligibility," Ligon said. "Glen is very appreciative of USC and their granting him his release and he wishes them all the best this season."
From a historical perspective, Stanley's a guy the Trojans couldn't have expected to keep their hands on for long. Nobody has. He bailed on his sophomore year at Bowling Green after the birth of his daughter, put in one good season at EAC, committed to Central Florida (then skipped out on spring ball), briefly committed to Tennessee, then followed Kiffin to USC. Earlier this summer, Florida State was supposedly Stanley's preferred final destination, but given his career trajectory thus far, we'd advise 'Nole partisans not to hold their breath.
The move leaves the Trojans with seven bodies at linebacker for 2010, eight if you count incoming freshman Hayes Pullard.