Once a highly-regarded signee for both Michigan and Rutgers, Marcus Witherspoon has decided to leave football altogether, the Home News Tribune is reporting.
According to head coach Greg Schiano, the linebacker has left the football program and will no longer pursue a collegiate playing career due to personal issues.
“It’s unfortunate,” Schiano told the paper. “I don’t think Marcus is going to be able to stick around with us. He’s had some personal issues.
“He’s going to finish out this semester and then figure out where he’s going to land. It’s not going to be playing football, though. It’s just going to be living a non-football life.”
Witherspoon, who originally signed with Michigan in 2008 before NCAA Clearinghouse issues led him to home-state Rutgers, never played a down for the Scarlet Knights after sitting out the 2008 season and then being hampered by injuries in 2009.
(Tip O’ the Hat: Brian Bennett of ESPN.com’s Big East blog)