News broke late Friday afternoon that South Carolina redshirt junior safety Javon Charleston put his name in the NCAA transfer portal.
On Saturday, he explained his reasons.
Charleston tweeted a compliance issue with some classes he took before enrolling started his five-year clock early. A school spokesperson said that was not the result of anything USC’s staff did or didn’t do.
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The NCAA grants an exception from the five-year clock rule for transfers who meet certian conditions.
A school spokesman wrote in an email: “Javon Charleston was enrolled as a full-time student at another school in 2014 initiating his five-year clock, which allows a student-athlete five calendar years in which to play four seasons of competition. He enrolled at the University of South Carolina prior to the start of the 2015 season.
“Based on the five-year clock, his Division I eligibility concluded at the end of the 2018 season. The student-athlete did not lose any eligibility due to any NCAA rules interpretations by the University of South Carolina.”
Charleston can finish his career at a non-Division I school.
Charleston has been a reserve and ace special teamer for most of his career. He arrived at USC as a walk-on wide receiver, then moved to the defensive backfield before the 2016 season. He was put on scholarship before the 2017 season and earned the special teams Unselfish and Tenacity awards that year.
This past offseason, Charleston was involved in an alleged domestic dispute and suspended from the team pending court proceedings. He was accepted in pretrial intervention and the charges were dropped, leading to his reinstatement after missing the first game of the season.
After his return, Charleston recorded eight tackles on the year before going down with a season-ending foot injury against Ole Miss.
On the way out, he did make an offer of goodwill to the school he’s saying goodbye to.