With word arriving this week that Texas had backed off intentions to bring in USC quarterback Max Wittek as a transfer, the big question was what could cause a hiccup in that plan so late in the game. According to the Honolulu Star Advertiser, we now have an answer.
Wittek won’t be transferring anywhere this summer — at least not to an FBS school like Texas or Hawaii or Louisville — because he will not be graduating USC this May after all. Instead, the redshirt junior has delayed the completion of his Bachelor’s degree to December, losing a year of eligibility in the process.
The plan had been for Wittek to graduate, then transfer to a school to begin a graduate degree, thus allowing him to avoid sitting out a year per NCAA transfer rules.
After losing out on the starting job at USC to Cody Kessler in 2013, rumors swirled that Wittek might seek playing time elsewhere. The arrival of Steve Sarkisian opened the door on the quarterback competition once more, but he still opted to leave the Trojans.
There’s no word yet on how the transfer saga will play out now, with a couple of options available to Wittek. He can stay at USC as a student for another semester, finish his degree and then transfer under graduate program rules.
Alternatively, he could transfer to an FCS school and be eligible to play right away.