It started as a pretty innocuous dilemma.
Meeting with the media ahead of his Horned Frogs’ spring follow time, Gary Patterson was questioned about his quarterback home when he dropped, if not a bomb then a grenade on his northern neighbors:
“We don’t know but on Chandler, it appears like policies are likely to improve right here true immediately,” Patterson said. “He nevertheless hasn’t been introduced by Oklahoma.”
The Chandler in concern is Chandler Morris. The son of the former SMU and Arkansas head mentor signed with Oklahoma as a 3-star recruit out of powerhouse Highland Park Significant Faculty in the class of 2020.
Morris played sparingly in his accurate freshman year, tossing 5 passes even though garnering a goal line and shorter yardage rushing bundle (five rushes for 44 yards and two touchdowns) in five appearances. All in all, Chandler’s utilization was similar to Kyler Murray’s in his time as Baker Mayfield’s backup in 2017, a year that saw him whole 35 passes/rushes in seven video games just before winning the Heisman Trophy in 2018.
The big difference there is Mayfield was a fifth-12 months senior in 2017, although Spencer Rattler commenced for Oklahoma as a redshirt freshman in 2020. Not only that, Rattler was named CBS Sports’s Freshman of the Year and, thanks to the NCAA pausing eligibility clocks for 2020, Rattler could technically have OU’s QB1 occupation on lock all the way via 2024. And if all that was not more than enough, Oklahoma signed the No. 1 QB in the class of 2021, Washington DC’s Caleb Williams.
Provided all the talent in advance and powering him on the depth chart, Morris designed the tough, if not noticeable, business decision to go away.
— Chandler Morris (@Chandleram4) January 3, 2021
That brought us to Monday, where by Patterson introduced Morris is not qualified to contend for the TCU quarterback work.
On Wednesday, Lincoln Riley confirmed the story — that Morris was not suitable, simply because Riley chose not to make him suitable. Riley mentioned it wasn’t particular, he just has a personalized perception from intra-meeting transfers playing straight away.
Lincoln Riley says his opposition to Chandler Morris’ immediate eligibility at TCU is about a main belief that you shouldn’t be equipped to transfer intraconference with no any variety of penalty. He claimed it is lousy for the match.
— Jason Kersey (@jasonkersey) March 24, 2021
Big 12 recent historians will recall Riley originally blocked Austin Kendall, a different former OU QB, from speedy eligibility at West Virginia in 2019, but sooner or later relented due to the fact Kendall was a graduate transfer.
“I was usually going to let him go to West Virginia. That was no concern. Which is section of these new rules is we can’t limit them from going wherever,” Riley claimed at the time. “My competition was I experienced a problem about a participant getting equipped to transfer and be straight away suitable the really up coming year in our league. I never consider that is healthful for the league.”
Whilst the circumstances were distinctive, the theory was the exact same. Kendall knew Riley’s playbook — he’d basically used three a long time in Riley’s offense, as opposed to Morris’s just one — and transferred to a Huge 12 rival. And Riley has no electricity to prevent Kendall, Morris or any other player from theoretically sharing the merchandise on OU with his new coaches and teammates, he just has the ability to prevent Morris from actively playing in 2021. At minimum for now, until finally the NCAA passes its 1-time waiver.
Kendall performed from Oklahoma in 2019. He went 15-of-31 for 182 yards. Oklahoma gained the sport, 52-14.
For an even extra recent case in point, Jay Boulware remaining Oklahoma immediately after 7 seasons to mentor at Texas in 2020. Boulware coached in the Pink River Shootout, and Oklahoma won it in any case.
As a counterpoint, Oklahoma can argue Mayfield sat out the 2014 time right after leaving Texas Tech in 2013. But the counterpoint to that counterpoint is Oklahoma pushed the Significant 12 to modify its policies on intra-meeting transfers, usually Mayfield could’ve performed his fifth-yr senior time of 2017 at a university software exterior the Massive 12.
“I enjoy the Major 12 college athletics reps shelling out a lot more time learning the critical difficulty of walk-on transfers and am delighted by the end result of today’s Huge 12 vote — not just for the reason that it likely impacts Baker Mayfield, but since it was the appropriate factor to do,” then-OU head coach Bob Stoops claimed at the time.
Riley can believe that what he wishes but, given the swiftly transforming landscape in college or university athletics, it is hard to picture this saga ending any other way. The Baker Mayfield situation brought on the Huge 12 to alter its policies on intra-conference wander-on transfers, and it will be a shock if Chandler Morris doesn’t result in the Massive 12 to alter its regulations on intra-conference undergraduate transfers.
And if that does not take place, it is probably due to the fact the NCAA and/or the federal government beats them to the punch.