Marvin Harrison Jr.

This season, Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. has emerged as one of the top wide receivers in the country. And since he’s just a sophomore, he’ll be back playing college football for one more season. But an internet rumor floating around suggests that Harrison might not be returning to the Buckeyes for his final season, but transferring to the USC Trojans.

But according to one Ohio State Buckeyes insider and reporter, as well as Marvin Harrison Jr. himself, that rumor is not based on reality.

Jeremy Birmingham of the Ohio State site DottingTheEyes addressed the rumors on a recent episode of THE Podcast, referencing a conversation he had with Harrison during the Peach Bowl media day.

“I did ask Marvin Harrison a very important question,” Birmingham said beginning at 15:30 in the video. “I asked him when he’s packing his stuff to transfer to USC. And he said, and I quote, ‘Where the **** do they come up with this stuff?'”

Birmingham followed up with a pretty firm declaration that Harrison will not be transferring to USC.

“Folks, if you’re wondering or worried that Marvin Harrison is transferring to USC, please don’t,” Birmingham said.

Birmingham and co-host Austin Ward went on to discuss the source of the rumors when Fox Sports analyst Joel Klatt reported on the air that he thought “there was somebody on a playoff team that was going to transfer.” Following that report, the rumor took on a life of its own.

If he were to transfer to USC, it would obviously be a massive shakeup in the college football world. But that doesn’t seem to be a reality.

[THE Podcast]