Houston running back Charles Sims surprised just about everyone back in May when he announced — just months after confirming he would return to the Cougars for his senior season, mind you — he would be leaving the program for unspecified reasons.
Sims’ future boiled down to a pair of options: enter the NFL’s supplemental draft, or transfer to another program (the initial rumor was Texas Tech) where, as a grad student, he would have the opportunity to play immediately.
It would appear the latter option isn’t so cut and dry, however.
According to ESPN’s Joe Schad, Sims is looking at transferring to either Cal or West Virginia, but perhaps in large part because Houston is reportedly placing heavy restrictions on where he can go. Schad reports Sims will not be able to transfer (i.e., sign a grant-in-aid) to any program in the American Athletic Conference, of which Houston will be a member in 2013, any team on Cougars’ 2013 schedule or any school in the state of Texas.
That seems strict for a player who’s given the Cougars three good years and earned his degree, but UH is still exercising its NCAA transfer rights.
Refusing to allow players to transfer to conference or scheduled opponents is not a new thing, but some of the reported “blocks” are rare in this situation given that Sims is a grad student. Chris Level of RedRaiderSports.com reports that Sims is looking to appeal UH’s decision.
“We appreciate and thank Charles for his hard work and contributions to our program during the last four years,” UH coach Tony Levine said in a statement Thursday. “We wish him and his family all the best.”
If Sims ends up at either Cal or WVU, he would undoubtedly be a welcome addition to a pair of offenses born out of the Air Raid.