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Updated: Bielema says Hogs WR will transfer to Cincinnati

Mekale McKay, Otis Peterson AP

Earlier this week, it was reported that Mekale McKay was contemplating a transfer from Arkansas.  A couple of days later, the contemplation is over; the wide receiver is indeed bolting Fayetteville.

Following his team’s first scrimmage of summer camp, head coach Bret Bielema confirmed that McKay had been granted a release from his scholarship.  The coach added that he believes the receiver has a transfer destination picked out, but did not want to reveal it and step on his former player’s toes.

For what it’s worth, McKay went to high school in Louisville, Kentucky.

As a true freshman last season, the 6-6, 200-pound McKay finished second on the team in receiving yards (317) and was tied for fourth in receptions (21).  He added a pair of receiving touchdowns.

McKay was a three-star member of the Razorbacks’ 2012 recruiting class.

Updated 4:45 p.m. ET: That certainly didn’t take long. Just a day after Bret Bielema confirmed that Mekale McKay would be transferring from the Hogs, the first-year coach shed light on where the sophomore would be heading.

Bielema said that McKay will transfer to the University of Cincinnati to play under first-year coach Tommy Tuberville. There’s been no official comment from UC, but given that Bielema made the announcement, it would seem it’s only a matter of “when” and not “if” on that front. McKay would have to sit out a season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules (barring a special waiver), but he would be relatively close to his hometown of Louisville.

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6 Responses to “Updated: Bielema says Hogs WR will transfer to Cincinnati”
  1. xlax1306 says: Aug 11, 2013 4:46 PM

    He’s headed to Cincinnati.

  2. bdnnbd says: Aug 11, 2013 5:13 PM

    Didn’t read. Just came to say Bielema blows.

  3. madtownthrowdown says: Aug 11, 2013 6:23 PM

    Special waiver would/should read- member was not recruited by D Bag, so member wishes to transfer to Cincy. Anyone know why a kid has an obligation to stay at a school yet the coach can lie and lie and lie and then up and leave, and the player ends up paying for it? It’s all about the Benjamin’s baby. Plus the same schools who are making money off these kids, have plenty of money to pay a coach to leave.

  4. whitdog23 says: Aug 12, 2013 5:28 PM


    Arkansas fired its coach. Petrino didn’t just up and leave.
    isn’t the kid going to college for an education? to learn things that will help him the rest of his life! receiving something for free the average student does NOT get.
    football is just gravy! let me guess, you’re one of the buffoons who believes student-athletes should be paid on top of their scholarship
    if he wants to transfer, no problem. just follow the rules and sit out one season.

  5. madtownthrowdown says: Aug 12, 2013 7:53 PM

    Ohhh thank you for clarifying I did not know he was fired. I thought he crashed his motorcycle or something and then went on to coach The Ohio State University to a Natl Championship or something. Guess I was wrong. No I don’t believe college students should be paid. I agree they are paid with their scholarship which could be worth 30-200k dollars. I just find it funny how a coach can bullshit a player and that player will want to play for that specific coach and then the coach just leaves. For instance I have 4 friends who all played for Bielema at Wisconsin. They were recruited by Alvarez and to this day think Alvarez is a great coach. But they could not stand playing for Bielema. Why should they have to stay and play for Bielema when they were recruited to play for Alvarez? Now I understand that they could transfer and sit out for a year. But why does the athlete have to put his life on hold? Also a fair amount of the NCAA football athletes are only there because it is a stepping stone. Most for the education but definitely nowhere near 100%.

  6. whitdog23 says: Aug 12, 2013 9:10 PM

    get your head out of the sand. LESS than 1% of college football players even get a shot at an NFL training camp. let alone, make the roster.
    why are you criticizing Bielema? it wasn’t his fault that Bobby Petrino got fired.
    do you think Petrino planned to cheat with the young co-ed and take her for a motorcycle ride — right after recruiting Mekale McKay?

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