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Brandon Willis is officially a Tar Heel, again

Posted on: March 14, 2011 4:52 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Brandon Willis was originally a member of North Carolina's 2010 recruiting class, but only after originally committing to Tennessee and changing his mind when Lane Kiffin left for USC. After losing his mother while still in high school, Willis' father lost his job and found a new one in southern California. Not wanting to be separated from his father after losing his mother, Willis announced last August that he was leaving North Carolina to transfer to UCLA.

Then, seven days ago, Willis announced he was leaving UCLA. This time his grandmother is ailing, and once again Brandon is on the move. While it's been rumored for a week now, North Carolina made it official with a release on Monday saying that Willis was returning to Chapel Hill.

“Brandon lost his mother in high school and is very close with his grandmother, who lives in Burlington and is battling health issues,” head coach Butch Davis said in a statement. “He and his father wanted to move back to the East coast to be with her.  There were no hard feelings when Brandon originally left and when he inquired about the possibility of returning, we welcomed him back.”

Of course, since Willis transferred last season, he had to sit out the entire 2010 season. Now that he's transferring again, he may have to sit out a second straight year. North Carolina will submit a waiver to the NCAA asking to grant Willis immediate eligibility, and given the nature of his latest transfer, there's a chance that the NCAA will allow it.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: March 14, 2011 8:30 pm

Brandon Willis is officially a Tar Heel, again

NCAA should do the right thing....but they won't. It is not in its best interests to giveout waivers. I once read about a football player who had a string of bad luck. He was a 5th or 6th year college football player because he had missed alot of time due to injuries. Just when things were looking up for him and he is finally healthy for once the NCAA refused to grant him a waiver so that he can play another year of football. The NCAA has said that it he was already given enough chances to play college football and if he wanted to that he could continue playing in the NFL. Um, what the NCAA does not get is that it's very difficult for a college football player with history of serious injury to even get a call from NFL teams. The NCAA just loves playing the tough guy!

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