Pittsburgh running back Chris James, a sophomore, will be on the move this offseason in pursuit of a new place to call home. The Panthers running back took to his Instagram account Monday to announce he will be transferring out of the program.
“I came to Pitt and instantly developed a love for the city, built relationships that have help mold who I am today,” James said. “Looking back I wouldn’t change a thing. I have to do what’s best for me and that is to move on.”
The decision by James comes as Pittsburgh is undergoing some slight changes to the coaching staff. Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney is leaving the program to take on the same role at Georgia and the Panthers are now searching for a new offensive coordinator to fill the role under Pat Narduzzi. James joins linebacker Jamal Davis and safety Patrick Amara among players deciding to transfer from Pitt since the end of the regular season.
James played in 10 games this season for the Panthers, rushing 56 times for 253 yards without a touchdown. James was most recently listed on the Pitt depth chart as the top backup to Qadree Ollison with James Conner knocked out for the season. Ollison, a freshman, led the Panthers with 1,048 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns this fall. James was a four-star recruit in Pittsburgh’s Class of 2014 out of Illinois. He chose Pittsburgh over offers from Illinois, Michigan State, Arizona State, Missouri, Tennessee, Wisconsin among others.