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Tulane losing veteran receiver to transfer

Wilson Van Hooser AP

Thanks to family issues back home, Tulane will be without one its most experienced members of its receiving corp for the 2013 season.

According to the Baton Rouge AdvocateWilson Van Hooser has asked for a release from his Tulane scholarship and will transfer out of the football program.  The reason for the transfer has nothing to do with problems with the coaching staff or off-field issues or anything of that sort.  Rather, the senior wide receiver wants to move back home to be closer to his mom, who the paper writes has undergone seven back surgeries and several other procedures looking into her brain over the past several months and is currently bedridden.

“I needed to make a big-boy decision, because I’m graduating, my older brother is getting married and Fudge (brother and Tulane teammate Walker Van Hooser) is moving into a position he’s really excited about,” Van Hooser told the Advocate. “I need to step up for my family, and I need to be the one to be back in Montgomery (Ala.) to help out as much as I can.”

While Van Hooser is leaving the Green Wave, he wants to play his final season of college football.  In a classy gesture, Van Hooser said that the Tulane coaching staff has reached out to their counterparts at Auburn and Troy in an attempt to help the player find a roster spot for the 2013 season.

That gesture wasn’t lost on Van Hooser.

“I was so impressed with the way the coaches handled it, and I hoped they would be okay with my decision,” the receiver said. “But I didn’t expect them to sympathize, and they did. These things aren’t easy.”

Van Hooser has played in 37 games the past three years, totaling 55 catches for 805 yards and nine touchdowns.  His best year came during his redshirt sophomore season in 2011 with 36 receptions for 487 yards and four touchdowns.  While he had just 11 catches in 2012, he averaged over 21 yards per reception and his five touchdown catches were tied for second on the team.

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3 Responses to “Tulane losing veteran receiver to transfer”
  1. cranespy says: May 18, 2013 9:26 PM

    You read about coaches like this and then you read about jerks like Mike Gundy……ya know Mike Gundy the Man….too bad his actions are those like those of a spoiled brat.

  2. urfinished says: May 20, 2013 10:26 AM

    These are the stories that should be grabbing the headlines. Instead, I’ll see 90% of this board cluttered with DUIs, Saban being called a bad word, and the smack talk between ND and Michigan.
    Okay…the last one is fun, but seriously this is a much more impressive story. Why do people want to read the negative?

  3. florida727 says: May 21, 2013 2:47 PM

    Even before seeing the posts, I was thinking the same thing as #cranespy. You see coaches like this at Tulane, and then you read a story like what’s coming out of Oklahoma State and that idiot Gundy. Makes you want to root for Tulane all the more. Classy move guys. Hope the kindness is returned to you a thousand times over. This is what college athletics SHOULD be about. Looking out for the kid first, wins & losses second. Major respect, Tulane.

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