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USC football: Defensive back Byron Moore leaves program

July 7, 2010 | 11:21 pm

Moore Byron Moore, a redshirt freshman defensive back, has left the USC football program and will attend Harbor College for a year before transferring to another school, his father confirmed late Wednesday night.

"He wants a fresh start," Byron Moore Sr. said in a text message. "USC coaches and staff were great."

Moore is the third player to leave USC since the NCAA announced major sanctions against the athletic program in June. The penalties include four years' probation, a two-year bowl ban and the loss of 30 scholarships over three years. USC is appealing some of the sanctions.

Moore Sr. told and that his son was not leaving because of the sanctions.

Junior defensive end Malik Jackson said Monday he would transfer to Tennessee. Junior linebacker Jordan Campbell is transferring to Louisville.

-- Gary Klein

Photo: Byron Moore takes part in practice session while attending Narbonne High School in 2008. Credit: Byron Moore Sr.