Posted by Tom Fornelli
Tom Savage is going to transfer from Rutgers to continue his college career elsewhere, but he announced over the weekend that he wouldn't be making a decision on where he'd be transferring until the spring. Why is he waiting so long? Well, choosing a school should take some time. You want to make sure you make the right choice after already making the wrong decision once. Oh, and then there's the fact that Rutgers is taking away so many of your options.
Talking to the Miami Herald, Savage's father, Tom Savage Sr., says that they'll be appealing the limitations Rutgers has put on Savage's transfer. He also has some unkind words for Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano.
“I don’t understand how one person can be dictator over your son’s future,” Savage Sr. said of Schiano. “I know they recruit Florida, but the ones that want to go to Rutgers are going to go to Rutgers. … It’s just wrong. I will talk to a lawyer.
“Miami called his high school coach and said they really like Tom and he would fit well in their offense and they are really interested. Tom is interested. He has always loved Miami.”
Miami is one of the schools Rutgers won't allow Savage to leave for. It's on a list with other schools like Florida, Florida State and Michigan. Four schools that aren't in the Big East with Rutgers. It's normal that a school wouldn't want a player to transfer within the conference, but to not allow Savage to go to these four schools really doesn't make a lot of sense. If Schiano is worried about recruiting in Florida, if he let Savage go to one of the Florida schools, that's one less quarterback those schools will be looking to sign next season.
The appeal will be heard within the next ten days, and the panel will consist of three Rutgers professors. Hopefully they'll be a bit smarter about the situation than Schiano has been.