For the second time this offseason, there is some drama surrounding a Texas Tech quarterback seeking a transfer. On Thursday, the school rejected Michael Brewer's appeal to transfer to Texas or TCU without restriction. Brewer called the decision "disappointing" and proceeded to detail his frustrations with the Red Raiders in a conversation with with the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.
Brewer announced his intentions to leave the program last month. According to Texas Tech spokesman Blayne Beal, Brewer was restricted from transferring to any Big 12 school. His appeal, which included a desire to stay close to home and play in front of family, was unanimously rejected by a five-member panel of the Texas Tech Athletics Council.
"There were two graduate programs — one at Texas, one at TCU — that best suited my future," he said, "as far as receiving a master's degree goes. And we also felt like whenever I was done playing football and done with college that being in Austin with the connections I have with my family and being in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with the connections I have with my family up there, that would be best suited for me as far as getting a job and all that."
He added that he wanted to stay close to home to be able to play in front of his parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.
"By them denying me the right to play anywhere in the state of Texas or in the Big 12, my family can't really come watch me play and be involved in the last two years of my college experience, which is disappointing," he said.
Brewer added that he was not happy with Thursday's proceedings during which both Brewer and Kingsbury were granted speaking time.
Brewer believes that the Texas Tech medical staff "misdiagnosed" his back injury in June 2013, causing him to fall behind in the quarterback competition with Davis Webb and Baker Mayfield (who also left the program). He also cited communication issues with the coaching staff during the season as reasons for his transfer.
Baker Mayfield faced similar hurdles in his transfer to Oklahoma, but Brewer is not willing to sit out a year to transfer to a Big 12 school. With his undergraduate degree completed, Brewer will be able to play immediately and have two years of eligibility remaining.
Brewer said he plans to visit an ACC school in two weeks and an SEC school after that. Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris was Brewer's coach at Lake Travis High School, but that will not be the quarterback's first visit -- though Brewer did say that Clemson was "is an option."