Eastern Washington Quarterback Transfers
Griz Nation will not get to see Eastern Washington star quarterback Vernon Adams this fall. The school has announced that his rumored transfer is confirmed and that Adams will be playing his final year of college football at the University of Oregon.
If we understand the circumstances correctly, Adams has already finished his degree (a Parks and Rec major) and therefore is not required to sit out one season for transferring up a division (from FBS---the Football Championship Subdivision to the BCS---Bowl Championship Series level).
It's hard not to notice some disappointment in the following releases, but as they point out, rules are rules and the team must keep moving forward.
From Athletic Director Bill Chaves . . .
“We wish Vernon the best in his future endeavors and thank him for all that he has done for Eastern. The chance for him to pursue this opportunity is certainly a unique one given the fifth-year transfer rule. We are not sure that this was the actual intent of the legislation when it was approved, but it is the rule currently in place that we and potentially other schools have to adhere to. We will continue to work through the process of this transfer based on the rule as it stands now.”
From Head Coach Beau Baldwin . . .
“I am very thankful for everything Vernon has done for Eastern and our football program these past four seasons. I wish him nothing but the best in his senior season. We are very confident in the quarterbacks in our program, and our expectations and goals are the same for what we are capable of accomplishing in the 2015 season.”