On the same day that USC running back Ty Isaac revealed he will be transferring away from the Trojans, a twist in another transfer-saga arises as reports claim that quarterback Max Wittek will not be transferring to Texas as was widely assumed.
The Longhorns have cooled their interest in Wittek and will not offer him a scholarship, according to Brian Davis of the American Statesman.
The junior quarterback has visited Texas on multiple occasions since announcing his intentions to transfer and attended the Longhorns’ spring game. The expectation was for Wittek to graduate from USC this week then enroll in a graduate program to play out his final two years of eligibility.
It is unknown at this point why that plan has fallen through. Texas is still in need of some added depth at quarterback with redshirt junior David Ash’s health still in question due to a broken ankle suffered during the spring and lingering concussion concerns. Ash is expected to beat out sophomore Tyrone Swoopes and incoming freshman Jerrod Heard for the starting position.
With Texas seemingly out of the picture now, Wittek may turn his eyes back to Hawaii or Louisville, both schools he has visited.
For now, Hawaii, which boasts quarterback guru Norm Chow for a head coach, emerges as the most likely place for Wittek to land. With the Rainbow Warriors, Wittek would almost certainly emerge as the guaranteed starter going into the 2014 season.
Playing time is what apparently motivated Wittek’s departure from USC. After losing out on the starting quarterback position to Cody Kessler early in the season, speculation began that the gunslinger would be unhappy sitting as a back up.
Even though the opportunity to compete anew for the starting job arose with Steve Sarkisian’s arrival, Wittek decided to search for playing time and a chance to build his NFL resume in greener pastures.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) May 15, 2014