The Colorado football program could benefit this fall from the NCAA sanctions recently slapped on the Southern California athletic department.

Sources said USC senior wide receiver Travon Patterson is contemplating transferring to CU for the fall semester. Patterson, a speedster who also returns punts, is eligible to transfer to any program without having to sit out and lose the normal year of eligibility.

The NCAA granted all juniors and seniors in the USC program permission to transfer and play after the Committee on Infractions hit the program with a two-year bowl ban earlier this summer following a lengthy investigation that found former running back and Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush had received improper benefits during his time at the school.

The fallout from the scandal continued Tuesday when USC hired its former quarterback Pat Haden to serve as athletic director, replacing Mike Garrett, who had held the job for 17 years.

A handful of Patterson`s former teammates already have taken advantage of the option to leave the program and play elsewhere. If Patterson comes to Boulder, he would provide a boost to a receiving corps that was expected to be a strength of the team coming out of spring practices but has since suffered some setbacks.

Former Buff Markques Simas was suspended indefinitely and had his scholarship revoked when he failed to appear in Boulder County Court for a hearing regarding DUI charges. He is no longer with the program.


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Senior Andre Simmons completed the spring semester academically ineligible. Coaches were hoping a combination of a solid summer in the classroom and a possible waiver from the NCAA would allow Simmons to play this season. He has a redshirt year available.

Patterson did not return several messages left for him Tuesday. He has been in the USC program since 2006 and has already played in games in four different seasons. He suffered a foot injury early in 2007, which became a redshirt season.

Patterson, (5-10, 175) who is from Long Beach, Calif., has played in 33 games in his career but hasn`t touched the ball nearly as often as he would like to. He has caught a total of 10 passes for 96 yards with no touchdowns.

He also ran the lead leg of the 400-meter relay for the USC track and field team in 2008.