Depending on how things play out over the next couple of weeks, there could be a pair of Rivers flowing through Qualcomm Stadium this year.
During a radio interview Wednesday, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports, San Diego State head coach Rocky Long confirmed that (almost) former LSU quarterback Stephen Rivers, in a roundabout way, has an interest in transferring to his Aztecs football program.
“There’s been some inquiries from people who know people who know people about whether we’d be interested,” Long said of Rivers. “We’d be interested.”
The 6-7, 223-pound Rivers is the younger brother of San Diego Chargers starting quarterback Philip Rivers, and the opportunity to play in the same city — and the same stadium — appears to appeal to all sides involved. One potential hangup could be a scholarship, or lack thereof, as Long also confirmed there are none currently available, meaning Rivers would have to become a walk-on if he wanted to transfer to the Aztecs.
Long, though, was quick to note both Ryan Katz and Quinn Kaehler were walk-ons at the position the last two years and started, with the former coming in as a graduate transfer from Oregon State.
“We play the best guys. We could care less if they’re scholarshipped or not,” the coach, who already has five scholarship quarterbacks on his roster, said.
Rivers, a three-star members of the Tigers’ 2011 recruiting class, will graduate in May from LSU and be eligible to play immediately in 2014. He will also have two years of eligibility remaining. Part of the reason for Rivers’ transfer, which his father confirmed last week, is that he was set to be a part of a five-player quarterback competition, which is similar to the situation into which he would enter if he moves on to the Aztecs.
Other programs that have been mentioned in connection to the Athens, Ala., product include Hawaii, Tennessee and North Carolina State, his older brother’s alma mater.