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UCF QB ruled eligible for 2014 season following transfer

Nick Patti, Mark Nzeocha

The competition to replace Blake Bortles at UCF just got one more candidate for the job this fall. The NCAA has ruled Nick Patti will be eligible for the 2014 season after transferring from Boise State.

The Orlando Sentinel reported Patti was given a hardship waiver by the NCAA, which allows him to begin playing immediately instead of sitting out a season under typical NCAA transfer rules. He will jump right in the fray of the competition to replace Bortles, a projected first round draft pick in the upcoming NFL Draft who led the Golden Knights to a conference championship and Fiesta Bowl victory last season.

UCF head coach George O’Leary has not settle don a starting quarterback at this point and expects to let the competition play out over the summer leading up to the season opener against Penn State in Ireland.

Patti appeared in six games for Boise State last season and he completed eight of 11 pass attempts for 63 yards. Patti is originally from Orlando, so perhaps a return home could be just what he needs to take the leading role. He has two years of eligibility remaining.

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4 Responses to “UCF QB ruled eligible for 2014 season following transfer”
  1. tampabayirish says: Apr 24, 2014 4:32 PM

    It’s absolutely criminal and hypocritical that transferring players ever have to sit out a year. Too bad the same rule doesn’t apply to coaches.

  2. pawloosa says: Apr 24, 2014 6:50 PM

    Kids having to sit a year (unless special circumstances) is just the price they must pay after making a commitment to a SCHOOL (not the coach) and then wanting to leave for various reasons… which more than likely is because they aren’t getting the playing time or being shown the love they feel they deserve .. Every choice must have its consequences. Try spending more time choosing wisely the school you want to represent and play for…geez!!!

  3. florida727 says: Apr 24, 2014 7:49 PM

    I’m with #tampabayirish on this one. I know I crammed a four year college degree into six-and-a-half years but not everyone has to :)

    Sitting out a year is a joke… for a STUDENT/ATHLETE. Now, as for coaches who get paid MILLIONS, well…

  4. ahugusf says: Apr 24, 2014 9:22 PM

    So supposedly, they don’t commit to a school, but really, so the Provost is doing the in-home visits

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