November 9, 2008

Green talks about tough decision

On the surface, Broderick Green's decision to transfer seems pretty cut and dry.

Green, a redshirt freshman running back, didn't want to wait behind a stable of other backs. He wasn't happy working with the scout team. He didn't like not having a chance.

Talk to Green, though, and he tells a different story.

"I care about football, but I care about life outside of football," Green said. "My family comes before a lot of the stuff going on in my life. I just don't want any regrets, and being this far away, now I know what it's like.

"With everything going on in my family, I don't feel like I could stay this far away."

Green said he plans on transferring to a school somewhere closer to his home in Little Rock, Ark.

"My goal is to be somewhere closer to home where my family can actually come and not have to spend all this money on flights and hotels," he said. "I want to be close. I want to be able to go home on the weekends or for the holidays. I want to be able to spend time with my family."

Green said family issues, not playing time, forced his decision.

"It's a lot to go into detail about. To keep it short and simple, my mom is going through a divorce right now," Green said. "I was the last one to leave my household and my family is really close."

Green has appeared in six games this season, rushing for 168 yards and three touchdowns, including a team-high 121 yards in USC's win at Washington State.

"I'd be doing this if I was the starter most likely," he said.

Green said he's struggled with the decision since before the season began.

"It all started awhile ago. Over time, I was kind of thinking of it, and I wasn't sure," he said. "It just got to the point where I couldn't really take it anymore. I was talking to my family about it, and we kept trying to tough it out. Finally, we agreed on what's best for me."

Green said he told Trojan coaches of his decision late last week, and he said he believes he's been granted his release.

He waited to go public with the news because he didn't want to be a distraction as USC prepared to take on Cal Saturday - a game USC won 17-3. He told was transferring Saturday night.

Despite traveling all the way to USC from his hometown only to leave less than two years later, Green said he stands by his original decision to come be a Trojan.

"I don't regret it. I met a lot of people out here. I got close with the coaches. I learned what it's like to be out on the west coast. I learned a lot as far as football," he said. "I wouldn't take back anything. There's no doubt I'm a better football player. I learned so much I didn't know."

Green said he intends to remain on campus until the end of the semester.

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