Aaron Corp believed the quarterback job would be exempted from USC's much-ballyhooed "culture of competition" next fall, so the sophomore opted last week to transfer to FCS power Richmond so he could legitimately compete for a starting spot.
The way Corp -- and almost every other observer -- saw it, coach Pete Carroll wasn't going to promote Corp ahead of Matt Barkley even if Corp scored five touchdowns with every four passes.
"That was probably what drove me, ultimately, to look elsewhere," he said. "I'm glad I landed here."
Of course, the minute he landed on the opposite coast, massive change happened at USC. Carroll resigned to become the head coach of the Seattle Seahawks, which Corp admitted he never saw coming.
"Just like everyone else on the team, I was shocked," he said. "I had no idea. Hopefully he can make it work."
The next question is obvious, isn't it? A new USC head coach might have given Corp a clean slate and a new opportunity to prove himself. More than a few coaches would have seen Corp's athletic ability and outstanding speed as a great asset that could stress an opposing defense.
"No, my decision was made. There were no regrets," he said.
Corp, who will be eligible to play this coming fall, said he likes Richmond's campus and academics, as well as its football program.
Still, didn't he expect to miss the three-ring circus that was USC football, with its media horde and huge, celebrity-studded crowds at open practices?
Short answer: No.
"I think it will be a little bit of a relief not having to deal with all that craziness at 'SC," he said.
He said most -- though not all -- of his teammates were supportive of his decision to transfer.
As far going from being a mighty Trojan to a, er, Spider, Corp has already embraced his new, slightly unorthodox mascot.
"A spider seems pretty cool," he said. "They've got a great logo."