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Uncertainty reigns over another Jarvis Giles transfer

In September of 2010, and as Marcus Lattimore was emerging as one of the top running backs in the country for the foreseeable future, Jarvis Giles decided to take his leave of the South Carolina football program, ultimately landing at Louisville.

Earlier this year, Giles decided to transfer yet again, opting to leave Charlie Strong‘s Cardinals program.

According to Giles’ high school coach, the back has decided on USF as his third school in roughly nine months. Unfortunately for both Giles and the Bulls, that transfer, at least football-wise, will likely not come to fruition.

As both USF and Louisville are in the Big East, and as noted by the Tampa Tribune, playing football with the Bulls is probably not in Giles’ future due to what amounts to a standard non-compete clause in the conference.

A Big East Conference official has confirmed that there are no exceptions to the conference’s policy that states once a student-athlete in football or men’s and women’s basketball attends a member institution that student-athlete cannot transfer to another member institution, directly or indirectly, and be eligible to compete in that sport.

That appears to be a rather cut-and-dried stance, so Giles, a Tampa, Fla., product, may/will have no choice other than to move on to Plan B.

In October of 2009, Giles was the Gamecocks’ second-leading rusher when he was suspended for an unspecified violation of team rules. He finished with 277 yards rushing as a freshman that year. rated Giles as the No. 3 all-purpose back in the country coming into South Carolina as a member of their ’09 recruiting class.

Regardless of where he transfers, Giles will be forced to sit out the 2011 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules.