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USC football: Amir Carlisle transferring to Notre Dame, dad says

January 7, 2012 |  3:23 pm


USC tailback Amir Carlisle is transferring to Notre Dame, his father told the South Bend Tribune.

Carlisle, a freshman last season, was slowed by ankle and knee injuries but played in eight games. He rushed for 118 yards in 19 carries and also had seven receptions, one for a touchdown.

Under NCAA transfer rules, he will have to sit out this season and will have three seasons of eligibility remaining.

Duane Carlisle told the South Bend Tribune that his son's move "definitely was a family decision."

Amir Carlisle played high school football in Sunnyvale, Calif. Duane Carlisle worked for the San Francisco 49ers as a strength and conditioning coach when Amir chose USC. Duane Carlisle is now the director of sports performance for Purdue University.

Carlisle is the second USC tailback to leave the program in the last three months.

Dillon Baxter was removed from the team by Coach Lane Kiffin after the Trojans played Notre Dame in October. Baxter, a San Diego native, is reportedly considering transferring to San Diego State.

Senior Curtis McNeal, who gained a team-best 1,005 yards last season, and sophomore D.J. Morgan are the most experienced returning tailbacks. Sophomore George Farmer was shifted from receiver to tailback midway through the season.

Javorious Allen redshirted.

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--Gary Klein

Photo: Trojans running back Amir Carlisle scores against Colorado during a Pac-12 game in November. Credit: Justin Edmonds / Getty Images