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Marv Marinovich Says Son Has Many Options : Football: They include the NFL draft, staying in school or transferring, says the father of USC quarterback Todd Marinovich.

TIMES STAFF WRITER

Marv Marinovich, father of USC quarterback Todd Marinovich, said Tuesday that his son’s options are open in regard to his future.

Todd’s options are remaining in school, making himself available for the NFL draft or transferring to another school, the elder Marinovich said.

Todd Marinovich was suspended indefinitely Friday by Trojan Coach Larry Smith for missing a team meeting and not registering for spring semester classes.

However, Marv Marinovich said that Todd is now in the process of registering for classes at USC.

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A source close to the school told The Times that Marinovich had not registered late Tuesday afternoon.

“Right now (Todd) hasn’t made up his mind what he wants to do,” Marv Marinovich said. “I have not advised him. He has to make his own decisions that affect his life. If he asks me (for advice), I’ll tell him, but he has to stand on his own two feet.”

Marinovich said his son is trying to arrange a meeting with Smith, who is out of town recruiting.

Smith seemingly slammed the door on any possibility of Todd Marinovich returning to the team when he said Friday, “He is not part of our football team in any way. We wish him well and, basically, a chapter is over.”

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Marv Marinovich said that Todd was not aware of the Friday mandatory team meeting attended by 71 players. Todd Marinovich was on a hunting and fishing trip in northern California last week and was delayed in returning.

He said that in his son’s absence he didn’t open a letter addressed to his son, apparently informing him of the team meeting.

Asked if his son was seeking an agent to represent him if he decides to make himself available for the NFL draft, Marv said:

“We’ve talked to some people, but (Todd) is looking at all the alternatives and really hasn’t decided anything yet.”

The elder Marinovich also mentioned the possibility of his son transferring to another school, mentioning Miami.

If Marinovich, a redshirt sophomore, transferred to another Division I-A school, he would have one more year of eligibility remaining after sitting out one season.

A rift developed between Smith and Marinovich at the John Hancock Bowl game in El Paso with Michigan State Dec. 31 when the quarterback was benched in the game that the Trojans lost, 17-16.

Some, lip-reading Marinovich on television, concluded that he said, “I’m out of here,” referring to his leaving school.

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His father denied he said any such thing.


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