A former quarterback at LSU could be staying in the SEC. Stephen Rivers, who was reported to be pursuing a transfer in February, is said to be likely to transfer to Vanderbilt.
According to Matt Mascona of 104.5 ESPN in Baton Rouge, who reported the transfer news via Twitter, a transfer to Vanderbilt should be all but a formality with the admissions process. As previously reported, Rivers appeared to be the odd man out of the quarterback mix with LSU, one of the reasons, perhaps, former Penn State quarterback Rob Bolden moved to wide receiver this spring. Because Rivers is scheduled to graduate this May from LSU, he will be eligible to play immediately this fall at another FBS program.
Unlike some schools, LSU granted Rivers a chance to transfer to any school with no restrictions. Some schools, such as Texas Tech or Oklahoma State, have limited the transfer options for players leaving their programs. So kudos to LSU for doing the right thing in allowing Rivers a chance to transfer to the program of his choice, even if it is within the conference.
LSU and Vanderbilt are not scheduled to face each other in 2014. The only way the two schools could face each other is if each reached the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta (or perhaps in the College Football Playoff if you want to let your imagination run a little wild).