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Former Alabama QB “saw the writing on the wall” before transfer to Oregon State

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Oregon State quarterback Luke Del Rio recently learned he will be eligible to play immediately this fall for the Beavers after transferring from Alabama. That is good news for a quarterback who says he saw the writing on the wall in terms of his status on Alabama’s roster in the post AJ McCarron era.

Del Rio opened up about his departure from Alabama in an interview with The Oregonian Friday. While reflecting on the opportunity to play right away, Del Rio said it was not likely he would have had the same opportunity had he stayed at Alabama. According to Del Rio, Alabama’s caching staff led him to believing he would be receiving a scholarship if he stuck with the team, but eventually head coach Nick Saban made a business decision in deciding Del Rio would not receive a scholarship.

“(Saban) said, ‘We’re not ready to make that commitment yet from a business perspective,’” Del Rio said to The Oregonian. “He said if he had the numbers, then he would have done it. And I respected that.”

It was at that time Del Rio decided he wanted to try and find playing time elsewhere.

“But I sort of saw the writing on the wall, and I left,” Del Rio said. “I didn’t know who would still be interested.”

Oregon State was interested, of course, and the Beavers will allow him to compete for the back-up job behind incumbent starter Sean Mannion. Del Rio won an appeal with the NCAA to allow him to be eligible to play this season because he did not play a snap for Alabama in 2013. Normal transfer rules force a player transferring from one FBS school to another to sit out a season, but in this case the NCAA decided to give Del Rio a pass and let him compete right away.

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5 Responses to “Former Alabama QB “saw the writing on the wall” before transfer to Oregon State”
  1. shaunodame says: Apr 14, 2014 6:27 PM

    Del Rio is a big boy and can handle his own business however he so chooses to but this isn’t the first (or last) time Bama has player a scholarship trick on one of its own.

  2. titansbro says: Apr 14, 2014 7:20 PM

    Business? I thought this was a not for profit academic institution? College sports are so grimy.

  3. mgmac says: Apr 14, 2014 7:21 PM

    saban is a douche

  4. friscoal says: Apr 14, 2014 9:44 PM

    Yes, you ‘saw’ the writing on the wall BUT could you ‘read’ the writing on the wall?

  5. slartibartfast4242 says: Apr 15, 2014 1:22 AM

    Meh… what’s all the fuss about a walk-on QB? If his name weren’t Del Rio, would anyone care?

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