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USC quarterback can't transfer to Hawaii

By Stephen Tsai

LAST UPDATED: 11:45 a.m. HST, May 16, 2014

USC quarterback Max Wittek will not transfer to the University of Hawaii -- or any other FBS school -- this summer.

Wittek had sought to transfer, with Texas and Hawaii as his top destination choices. But Wittek will not complete work on his bachelor's degree until December. If he had earned a degree this month, he would have been eligible to transfer without restrictions and play this coming season.

The NCAA requires a player to sit out a season after transferring. One of the exceptions is if a player has earned a bachelor's degree. If Wittek had met the graduation requirements, he would have had two years to play two seasons at his next school.

Wittek took official recruiting visits to UH and Texas. He also visited Texas twice more on his own, including to attend the Longhorns' spring game. This week, Texas reportedly decided to stop recruiting Wittek.

UH was holding a scholarship for him.

Ikaika Woolsey and Jeremy Higgins were listed as co-No. 1 quarterbacks on UH's post-spring depth chart. Taylor Graham, who transferred from Ohio State in January 2012, was limited in spring training while recovering from shoulder surgery. Quarterbacks Beau Reilly, a former Colorado State recruit, who returned from a church mission last year, and Eric Prater, who completed a stint in the Army, will join the Rainbow Warriors this summer.

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808warriorfan wrote:
He should have spent more time in the classroom than in Austin visiting the Longhorns.
on May 16,2014 | 11:50AM
OldDiver wrote:
He isn't going to Texas for the same reason he can't attend his second choice UH. In other words, Chow had no shot at getting him.
on May 16,2014 | 01:54PM
kailua000 wrote:
the fact Chow was holding a scholarship for him is insulting to the current QBs. But then, Chow has to win or he wont be here much longer. so he can come in January. probably wont come here.
on May 16,2014 | 06:20PM
oxtail01 wrote:
No, it just means present QBs aren't very good. Why do you think Chow isn't naming a starter? He'll probably wait until end of fall camp while he desperately hope that Graham will step up.
on May 16,2014 | 07:33PM
hunebasami wrote:
Who was the quarterback guru and H trophy building coach?
on May 17,2014 | 12:48AM
Eradication wrote:
Actually, having more QB's in camp raises the level of competition and creates a better and deeper pool. Funny, how you and other folks on here talk about how insulting it is to hold a scholarship yet all you folks do on these comment boards is insult one another, the University, the state, the the administration, the coach and his staff and anything or anyone else that doesn't somehow live up to your ego. Seems a bit hypocritical to me.
on May 16,2014 | 07:39PM
hunebasami wrote:
one more quarterback one less receiver or other position.
on May 17,2014 | 12:50AM
Cipher wrote:
Why is that insulting? Chow SHOULD be looking for the BEST players at every position. ANY QB at USC was once the best at the position coming out of high school. UH NEVER gets that kind of talent.
on May 16,2014 | 09:15PM
lwandcah wrote:
It's all stacked against the athlete. Between the NCAA and the individual conferences, nothing is set up to help the athlete.
on May 16,2014 | 11:59AM
false wrote:
Help the athlete? Why should a student be eligible to play after he receives his degree? The school is not a training ground for just sticking around to play football.
on May 16,2014 | 12:44PM
kailua000 wrote:
because he has a guaranteed 5 years to play for and if a kid graduates early because he's smart, why should he not continue to play and earn his masters degree. not like they go and play and not have to take classes.
on May 16,2014 | 06:21PM
PinkSushi wrote:
Making positive name recogniton by playing big time NCAA sports will do way more for anyone's career than a little piece of paper can ever do.
on May 16,2014 | 07:29PM
tigerwarrior wrote:
Are you implying that NCAA college football is little more than a farm system for the NFL--especially when most D-1 athletic departments aren't self sufficient? How dare you speak the truth--false.
on May 16,2014 | 08:09PM
st1d wrote:
some athletes use the five years of sports scholarship to earn not only a bachelor degree but a post grad degree as well. many sports scholars have gone on to earn medical, law and even teaching post grad degrees.
on May 16,2014 | 11:29PM
hwnkids wrote:
Hawaii should hold the scholarship for him when he's eligible to play. We need a top passing QB in Hawaii's system. Warrior's, go get'em, don't los'em!
on May 16,2014 | 12:32PM
RKC808 wrote:
WHY? We don't have an offensive line to protect him. He will need surgery after the season.
on May 16,2014 | 04:52PM
Pacificsports wrote:
Yeah but maybe Chow will be fired by then and we will have an OC that knows what he is doing.
on May 16,2014 | 05:43PM
oxtail01 wrote:
No, we just need a new head coach.
on May 16,2014 | 07:29PM
loio wrote:
time in classroom? USC football? gimme a break. if he was serious about the classroom he would be at some place like Stanford, Notre Dame, Northwestern or Vanderbilt. he's where he's at, on a couple different levels, for a reason: he's the perfect "Trojan".
on May 16,2014 | 12:41PM
goodday wrote:
He was trying to graduate in 3 years which is quite a feat. It seems like he still will do it in 3.5 which is much faster than most.
on May 16,2014 | 12:57PM
kailua000 wrote:
exactly, - I think people are reading this as if he didnt graduate on time. Hes graduating early!!!
on May 16,2014 | 06:22PM
CnDnM wrote:
what are you talking about? USC is a top 25 school according to us news and world reports.
on May 16,2014 | 01:22PM
wlsc wrote:
yes!!!! and moving up more!!!!
on May 16,2014 | 01:35PM
oxtail01 wrote:
Top 25 in sports, overpriced average school in everything else.
on May 16,2014 | 07:28PM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
You've got to be kidding. I'm guessing you don't know any USC graduates...they're among the top schools in the country.
on May 16,2014 | 02:17PM
fairgame947 wrote:
Sound like a jealous Bruin.
on May 16,2014 | 02:43PM
Rok888 wrote:
Loio has no idea what he is talking about. He states things without know the facts. That's what makes this "comment section' frustrating. Most people here don't know the facts and only want to complain.
on May 16,2014 | 03:08PM
loio wrote:
SC's a decent enough school (wasn't 20 years ago, and still is the U. of Second Choice, but it's gotten a lot better). but there's a difference ... they don't do a good job with either their ethics OR THEIR GRADUATION RATE for their graduation rates for football players. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/314960-usc-football-the-once-golden-perception-meets-a-new-reality
on May 16,2014 | 04:40PM
iwanaknow wrote:
Max is smart, he and his agent will figure something out that will astound us all......just watch.
on May 16,2014 | 02:39PM
Pacificsports wrote:
If they could get around it, wouldn't they put him in Texas rather than Hawaii?
on May 16,2014 | 04:27PM
TYRI wrote:
to the media covering uh football.......why wasn't this news when he made an OFFICIAL visit to uh????
on May 16,2014 | 03:32PM
Pacificsports wrote:
Wedidn't have a chance. Wittek only came to Hawaii for the free trip to paradise. He visited Texas 3 times, once with his family. The StarAdvertiser reporters who kept bringing up his name as a Hawaii Transfer didn't do their required investigation. He couldn't have saved Chow's lame and predictable offense anyway.
on May 16,2014 | 03:57PM
CriticalReader wrote:
What'd he do? Flunk a class this semester? Withdraw from a class sometime in the Spring? Or, was he never on track to graduate by the end of summer? Homework wasn't done. Maybe in three states.
on May 16,2014 | 04:34PM
kailua000 wrote:
Do you not get it? He still has eligibility - which means hes graduating early. Looks like he tried to get his degree in 3 years, but it will take 3.5 instead. Better than most who take the full 5 years, and then some dont even have i then.
on May 16,2014 | 06:24PM
kahuku01 wrote:
He never was or never will be a UH warrior so what's the big deal? Move on already and quit wasting time writing about this guy. Gee, it so sad that the SA sports section can't spend more time writing about local athletes.
on May 19,2014 | 12:44PM
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