The quarterback situation for Charlie Strong and the Texas Longhorns is filled with uncertainty heading into the 2014 season. That’s why the team was looking to bolster their ranks with an experienced signal caller via graduate transfer this fall. Max Wittek seemed like a perfect fit when he announced his intent to transfer from the USC Trojans but has been indecisive in his future plans. His hesitation has now cost him as UT is reportedly backing away from their scholarship offer.
Wittek’s arrival at Texas has seemed like a foregone conclusion for some time. He and his parents have made multiple visits to Austin and Wittek was in attendance for the Texas spring game on April 19. Back in February, Wittek had a phone conversation with the Longhorns’ coaching staff where everyone thought he would pull the trigger and commit. Instead, the quarterback waffled and told the team he would be visiting other schools to “make sure the decision is the right one.”
But as time went on, Wittek continued to avoid committing to where he would be playing football next season. According to some reports, an off-the-field circumstance could lead to a delay in Wittek’s graduation this spring and delay his eligibility. Other reports have confirmed that Wittek’s original plan of enrolling in June is unlikely to happen and the University of Texas has not commented on his status since he has yet to enroll in a graduate program at the school.
Wittek, for his part, remains committed to his silence on the subject. He has not spoken to reporters on his status for the 2014 season and deleted his Twitter account. There are obviously some extenuating circumstances that are keeping Wittek from smoothly transitioning to a new program in 2014 that is throwing a major wrench into his college football career plans.
For Texas, that leaves them with thin group at quarterback for next season. David Ash returns after getting a medical redshirt for the 2013 season with two years of eligibility remaining but has to answer some major questions about his health. Ash’s health will be an ongoing storyline in the 2014 season after he missed the majority of last season with concussion symptoms. Behind him, Texas has sophomore Tyrone Swoopes and incoming freshman Jerrod Heard.
Adding Wittek to the quarterback mix would have given Texas a known quantity for the 2014 season. As it stands, the Horns will go into the season with what they have on the roster and make it work as best they can.