Venric Mark rushed for over 1,300 yards for the Northwestern Wildcats two years ago. So it is somewhat surprising, even after Mark’s 2013 season was derailed by injuries, that he is having trouble finding a school that is willing to accept his transfer.
According to Jeremy Fowler of CBS Sports, both the Texas Longhorns and the Texas Tech Red Raiders have now passed on offering a scholarship to Mark, who is seeking to transfer somewhere close to his home in Lubbock, Texas. Mark is hoping to receive a waiver from the NCAA so he can play immediately, but that won’t happen if he transfers somewhere too far from home. Texas Tech apparently doesn’t have a scholarship to offer him and Charlie Strong at Texas simply declined to take Mark in.
Fowler says that Strong opted to pass because he is “cleaning house.”
While the Longhorns could certainly use Mark, Strong made the right call here. After all the dramatics in training camp and all the players he has dismissed or suspended, it wouldn’t send the right signal. Prior to announcing his transfer, Mark was supposed to serve a two-game suspension this season for violating team rules. That is the sort of thing that Strong is trying to rid his team of right now.
According to Fowler, Mark is now deciding between walking on at Texas Tech or transferring to a D-II school.
If Mark ends up walking on with the Red Raiders, Strong’s decision might come back to haunt him this year, but it will be worth it for Strong to maintain his credibility. Nothing Mark can do at Texas Tech could do more harm to the Longhorns than what letting him wear the burnt orange.