Tag:Transfers
Posted on: January 24, 2011 12:29 pm
Edited on: January 24, 2011 12:30 pm
 

Tom Savage's dad calls Greg Schiano a 'dictator'

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.
Posted on: January 21, 2011 10:58 am
 

Spartans QB Joe Boisture to transfer

Posted by Tom Fornelli

While Michigan State's season didn't have a nice ending against Alabama in the Capital One Bowl on New Year's Day, there is little doubt that Kirk Cousins will once again be the starting quarterback in East Lansing next season as he enters his senior year.  Which means that the quarterbacks waiting behind him for their shot will have to wait a little bit longer, though at least one of those backups doesn't have the patience to wait his turn.

Joe Boisture told SpartanMag.com on Thursday that he was planning on transferring from the school.

"It is in my best interest that I have decided to leave the Michigan State football program," Boisture said. "I love the university, my teammates, the medical staff and most of all Coach Dantonio. Coach D truly cares about me and all of his players off the field as well as on the field. 

"I have the utmost respect for him as a coach and person and wish him and the Spartans nothing but success."

Boisture, who redshirted this season, spent the year third on the depth chart behind Cousins and sophomore Andrew Maxwell. Which is exactly where he would have begun 2011, with the added bonus of competing with incoming freshman Connor Cook. One of Michigan State's prized recruits in its 2010 class, he obviously doesn't feel like waiting around to compete for a job in 2012. Which makes you wonder why he chose Michigan State in the first place considering he wasn't going to come in and supplant Cousins from the start.
Posted on: January 8, 2011 11:52 am
 

Robert Bolden staying at PSU

Posted by Tom Fornelli

It's been quite the crazy week for Penn State quarterback Robert Bolden.  First he made the announcement that he planned on transferring from Penn State following a freshman season that hadn't gone nearly as well as he'd hoped.  The problem was that Joe Paterno wouldn't release him from his scholarship since Penn State was already losing quarterback Kevin Newsome to a transfer.  Obviously, this didn't make Robert Bolden very happy.  He wanted to leave, and he wasn't being allowed to.

Well, now he's staying.

According to his high school quarterbacks coach Don Buchanan, Bolden told him he's starting class next week and he will be remaining at Penn State to compete for the starting job.

“He’ll be back at Penn State Sunday and in school Monday,” Buchanan told The Daily Collegian. “He expects to compete for the starting quarterback job and will go through spring practices and everything.”

“I said, ‘That’s great,’ and I told him to keep your faith, keep your guidance and make sure that whatever he does, he goes at it at full speed.”

It seems maybe Paterno knew what he was doing, and that Bolden may have just been frustrated after not getting a chance to play in the Outback Bowl even though Matt McGloin threw five interceptions.  Now he'll be returning to State College to compete with McGloin and Paul Jones for the starting job.  Considering McGloin's limitations, and the fact he has a lot more game experience than Jones, you have to like his chances.
Posted on: January 6, 2011 1:38 am
 

Taylor Martinez plans to return to Lincoln

Posted by Tom Fornelli

It feels as though Taylor Martinez has already gone through two seasons at Nebraska.  There was the first half of his freshman year in which he lit up opposing defenses and had Nebraska fans producing songs for him.  Then there was the second half of the season.  The one that saw Martinez battle through a myriad of leg injuries, get chewed out by Bo Pelini, and ultimately ended with a loss to Washington at the Holiday Bowl.

Following that nationally televised dressing down, rumors began to pop up that Martinez was looking to transfer from Nebraska.  Rumors that have persisted to this day, two months later.  So much so, in fact, that Martinez felt the need to release a statement on Wednesday night to let everyone know he has no plans to leave Nebraska.

“To dismiss any rumors on my thoughts of transferring I’d like to state that I am anxious to get back to Nebraska Sunday evening and look forward to getting healthy and getting my strength and speed back,” said Martinez. “I also look forward to using these past year’s experiences and challenges to help me become a better all around person, football player and leader.

“I feel that with the players that we have coming back, along with the new talent that is coming into the Husker program that we will have great success for many years under coach [Bo] Pelini.”

Let's just hope he doesn't make any more phone calls to his father from the locker room.


Posted on: January 4, 2011 4:58 pm
 

Paterno denies Bolden's transfer request

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Following Penn State's loss to Florida in the Outback Bowl on Saturday, news broke out that Robert Bolden had informed the school that he wanted to transfer.  Which meant that Penn State was going to lose the two quarterbacks who began 2010 atop the team's depth chart.  Well, it seems that after seeing Matt McGloin's five-interception performance against Florida, Joe Paterno isn't all that comfortable with the idea of coming back for another season without Bolden as an option.

According to Bolden's parents, their and his father met with Joe and Jay Paterno on Tuesday to discuss his request to transfer, and Joe Paterno refused to grant Bolden's release from his scholarship.  Which Robert Bolden Sr. wasn't a big fan of, saying that he doesn't agree with the decision, and neither does his son.

Robert's mother, however, is somewhat pleased with the news.

"I didn't want Rob to leave," Tonia Williams told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "I think he should stay there. I just told him that I thought he was making the wrong decision. I really felt that he moved just a little bit too quick and too fast.

"I don't know what's going to happen now. He tried to get them to sign his release papers and they didn't do it. I don't know if that is going to make the situation worse or not, or if Rob will end up at another school."

Now, just because Bolden's release was denied now, doesn't mean it won't be approved in the future.  It could just be that Paterno would like his quarterback to take some more time before making his decision.  After all, you have to figure that if Bolden really does want out of Penn State, then there isn't much of a point in keeping him around.
Posted on: January 2, 2011 7:24 pm
 

Robert Bolden to transfer from PSU

Posted by Tom Fornelli

It seems that quarterbacks on the bench at Penn State don't enjoy their time there very much.  For weeks it's been reported that backup quarterback Kevin Newsome, after losing the quarterback job to Matt McGloin and Robert Bolden, wouldn't be returning to Penn State next season.  The fact he didn't make the trip to Tampa for the bowl game basically confirmed it.

Well now it appears that Robert Bolden isn't going to stick around either.  Bolden's father, Robert Bolden Sr, told Lions247 that his son is looking to transfer.

"It's true, he's looking to leave Penn State,"said Bolden's father. "He's notified the coaches, that's as far as it's gone so far. We're waiting on the next step now."

"They're not looking for him to leave, they don't want him to leave, but he no longer wants to play at Penn State. He's not happy at Penn State currently. If it was up to me, he definitely [would leave], without a doubt. He's definitely made it known that he does not want to be there anymore."

Which means that Matt McGloin won't have much competition for the starting job next season, though don't sleep on freshman quarterback Paul Jones.  Considering McGloin just threw five interceptions against Florida in the Outback Bowl, that probably doesn't leave Penn State fans feeling all too comfortable.

Bolden started seven games for the Nittany Lions this season, throwing for 1,360 yards, 5 touchdowns and 7 interceptions.  He had been one of the prize members of Penn State's 2010 recruiting class.
Posted on: December 23, 2010 1:59 pm
 

Kevin Newsome doesn't travel to Tampa with PSU

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Remember a few weeks ago when there were rumors that Penn State quarterback Kevin Newsome was likely going to transfer rather than return to compete with Matt McGloin and Robert Bolden?  Yeah, well, they have a bit more credence now.

According to a report in The Patriot News, Newsome did not accompany the team on its trip to Tampa.
Two sources close to the Penn State football program told The Patriot-News earlier today that reserve quarterback Kevin Newsome did not make the trip to Florida for Penn State's Jan. 1 Outback Bowl game with Florida in Tampa.
The news hardly qualifies as a surprise. Earlier this month, there were internet reports that Newsome, the No. 3 quarterback behind starter Matt McGloin and backup Rob Bolden, was unhappy with his role and considering a transfer.

Those don't sound like the actions of a player who plans on returning and fighting for a job next season.  The rumors started earlier in the month when Joe Paterno said during the Outback Bowl media days that he couldn't be sure whether or not Newsome would be returning next season.  Which, makes sense for Newsome, because considering everything that's happened at quarterback in State College this season, it seems pretty clear that Newsome isn't the quarterback of the future.

So if he wants to see the field while he still has any eligibility, he's going to have to move on.
Posted on: December 11, 2010 12:02 pm
 

Brandon Wegher leaving Iowa for good

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Last season Brandon Wegher set an Iowa record for freshman by rushing for 8 touchdowns as the Hawkeyes finished their season 11-2 with an Orange Bowl victory over Georgia Tech.  This season Wegher was supposed to be a big part of Iowa's offense once again, but before the season started he left the team due to personal reasons.

Personal reasons that were never publicized, but received plenty of speculation.  There were also a lot of questions about whether or not Wegher would be returning to the Iowa program, and that is one question that can be answered. 

He won't be.  

Wegher has been granted a full release from his scholarship at Iowa with the lone stipulation being that he cannot transfer to a Big Ten school as a scholarship athlete in the 2011 season.

The news was confirmed by associate athletic director Fred Mims on Friday night.

Wegher rushed for 641 yards to go along with those eight touchdowns in 2009, and also rushed for 113 yards and a touchdown in the Orange Bowl win over Georgia Tech.
 
 
 
 
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