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USC's Fontan eyes not one, but two more seasons with Trojans

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USC senior guard Jio Fontan's plans for the season may be scrapped after suffering an ACL tear, but the floor general is hoping to be back with the Trojans for at least another season, maybe more.

Fontan, who suffered a season-ending ACL tear during USC's summer exhibition tour to Brazil last week, indicated that he plans to petition the NCAA for a medical hardship waiver that would allow him to rejoin USC in 2012-13.

Not only will the 6-foot combo-guard be filing a medical hardship waiver, he also plans on filing an appeal with the NCAA to allow him an additional year because his sophomore season with Fordham included just five games before he opted to transfer.

“We’re applying for an extra year off of my redshirt year simply because of the type of things I went through from my year at Fordham to the middle of my sophomore year here at USC,” Fontan said. “We’re applying for that year due to a lot of things on and off the court that happened throughout that process.”

Should the NCAA grant both requests, it would give coach Kevin O'Neill and the Trojans a big boost, especially if Fontan could, in fact, remain with the team through 2014.

Despite a bleak outlook for the 2011-12 season, USC's 2012-13 roster is, at least on paper, shaping up nicely.

Looking ahead to next year, O'Neill should have a solid veteran rotation consisting Fontan, Mo Jones, Garrett Jackson, Aaron Fuller, Dewayne Dedmon and transfers Ari Stewart and Eric Wise to work with.

© 2011 Neal J. Leitereg -- All Rights Reserved

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