Colorado quarterback transferring to pursue basketball career

Shane Dillon wants to return to his first love: basketball
Shane Dillon wants to return to his first love: basketball. (

Colorado is losing a quarterback to basketball.

On Tuesday, the school announced redshirt freshman Shane Dillon was transferring from the school to pursue his dream of playing basketball.

“We hate to see Shane go. He’s truly a phenomenal young man, but we understand what he wants to pursue,” coach Mike MacIntyre said in a release. “I felt like he definitely had a future in football. But as Shane and I discussed, it was going to take hard work to succeed in football, and it’s also the same for basketball. Instead of throwing passes for three hours in practice, he’ll be shooting baskets."

According to Dillon, football was "forced upon me a little bit."

“People told me I had to make a decision by the end of my junior year between football and basketball because quarterbacks all seemed to commit pretty early," said Dillon in the release. "Basketball has always been my passion. And even though I really enjoyed my year here, I felt the time is now for me to make the change.”

Dillon, who is 6-foot-5, did not play for the Buffaloes last season and only practiced on a limited basis as he was rehabbing from shoulder surgery. He also discussed the possibility of playing basketball at Colorado, but there are no available scholarships open on the basketball team and Dillon can't afford to walk on.

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