As bad of shape as USC is in - UT is rock bottom (and more to come with NCAA sanctions). He could have tried the transfer portal to find a great team for next year (he would have had some real options), but even that is uncertain. Seems he was in a no-win situation.
It didn't matter if he left this year or next. Talented enough to play in the NFL but a bad apple. He wasn't going to get drafted next year either. Good gamble for N.O. Hope Bryce can pull himself together.