Receiver Collier leaves program

Wide receiver Thearon Collier, who transferred to USC from Miami (Fl.) in August 2010, has left the program, according to multiple media reports.

Collier sat out the past season due to NCAA transfer rules, which require players to miss an entire season when leaving for a school. A native of Florida, Collier originally arrived at USC after being dismissed from Miami by then-coach Randy Shannon for a violation team rules.

The loss of Collier comes in the aftermath of tight end Blake Ayles, who recently announced that he would be transferrng to Miami. Ayles will be reunited with former position coach Brennan Carroll.

The departures shorten USC’s current roster to just 59 scholarship players.

Under NCAA sanctions, USC is allowed to feature just 75 scholarships, including its 2011 recruiting class which is to be capped at 15.