It has been reported that the Texas Tech Red Raiders are blocking quarterback Michael Brewer from transferring to another Big 12 school. This has Texas Longhorns fans worked up since Brewer had hoped to transfer to Texas or the TCU Horned Frogs.
It should come as no surprise Texas Tech would prevent the quarterback from suiting up for another school in the conference; most schools would do the same thing. Texas and TCU certainly would. Why would a school allow a skill position player, especially a quarterback, the opportunity to play against them?
Every school has players who want to leave the program for various reasons. It’s not uncommon to see a higher attrition rate when a new coach comes on board, such as was the case in Lubbock last year. A player may not fit the new system. This is understandable. Brewer, however, spent the entire season at Texas Tech. He didn’t ask to be released from his scholarship prior to the 2013 season, it was after the season concluded.
For the folks in burnt orange getting bent out of shape about Tech’s decision, remember that the door swings both ways. Texas fans would have balked at the thought of Connor Brewer transferring to the Baylor Bears or Iowa State Cyclones instead of the Arizona Wildcats.
Why are Texas fans all up in arms over this decision? Is it because the current quarterback situation on the Forty Acres is tenuous at best? Adding a healthy, experienced player would ease the minds of many fans. Maybe the animosity Longhorn fans are feeling is being driven by the current state of the position?
Is the transfer system unfair? Maybe. Do schools use it to punish players who want to leave? Doubtful. Will the NCAA get involved in this case? Are you kidding?
Don’t fret, Longhorn fans. You may still get another quarterback. And via a transfer, nonetheless.