USC grants QB Max Browne release to Pac-12 schools

USC quarterback Max Browne has opted to transfer.
USC quarterback Max Browne has opted to transfer.

USC quarterback Max Browne has been granted permission to transfer to any school he wishes, including school in the Pac-12, coach Clay Helton confirmed Tuesday evening.

Browne, who has already graduated, could have transferred out of conference and played immediately next season without USC’s blessing. However, he needed USC to release him to stay within the conference.

Browne will have one season of eligibility remaining.

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“You want the best opportunity for yourself and you don’t know where that would be,” Helton said. “Out of respect for the type of guy he is and how he’s handled things around here, I personally think he deserves it.”

Browne started the season as the Trojans’ starter, but was replaced by Sam Darnold after three games. In that time, Browne completed 64 percent of his passes for 507 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. However, the Trojans went 1-2. The Trojans have gone 4-1 since.

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