Oct 17, 2020; Syracuse, NY, USA;  Syracuse Orange wide receiver Taj Harris (3) after a reception in the first half during a game against Liberty on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y.
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Syracuse WR Taj Harris entering transfer portal

Syracuse wide receiver Taj Harris is entering the transfer portal.

The junior made the announcement on Twitter on Sunday and Orange coach Dino Babers confirmed it Monday.

An All-ACC third-team selection in 2020, Harris has two years of eligibility remaining.

Harris did not travel with the team for Saturday’s 33-30 loss at Florida State.

He caught 16 passes for 171 yards in three games this season, raising his career totals to 151 receptions for 2,028 yards and 10 touchdowns since 2018.

Syracuse (3-2, 0-1 ACC) hosts No. 19 Wake Forest (5-0, 3-0) on Saturday afternoon.

–Field Level Media

Senior K'Vaughan Pope could play strongside linebacker if Ohio State continues to predominantly use a 4-3 formation.

Ohio State Football Spring Game

Report: Ex-Ohio State LB K’Vaughan Pope enters transfer portal

Senior linebacker K’Vaughan Pope, dismissed from Ohio State on Sunday, entered the NCAA transfer portal Monday, ESPN reported.

He was booted from the program after an incident in the second quarter of Sunday’s 59-7 win over Akron. Pope tried to enter the game but was waved off by a teammate. Instead of simply returning to the sideline, Pope headed toward the Ohio State locker room before a member of the coaching staff intercepted him and brought him back.

Ohio State-focused website Lettermen Row reported that Pope removed his gloves, threw them into the stands and tried to remove his jersey while on the sideline as well. A few coaches spoke with Pope before someone led him to the locker room.

Before the game ended, Pope tweeted “f– Ohio State” but then deleted the tweet. He tweeted a separate message, saying, “good lucc to my teammates.”

“K’Vaughan will continue to have the use of programs that benefit our student-athletes, such as our Student-Athlete Support Services Office, and we will support him with his progress toward graduation,” head coach Ryan Day said in a news release. “He will remain on scholarship through the duration of this semester.”

Pope tweeted an apology on Sunday, saying he needed to “take this time to reflect and work on my mental well-being.”

Pope has 19 tackles and two interceptions in 34 games with Ohio State over parts of four seasons. He has three stops this season.

–Field Level Media

Apr 17, 2021; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA;  LSU Tigers offensive tackle Dare Rosenthal (51) and LSU Tigers wide receiver Kayshon Boutte (1) pose for the camera on a time out during the first half of the annual Purple and White spring game at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

LSU LT Dare Rosenthal enters transfer portal

LSU starting left tackle Dare Rosenthal is in the NCAA transfer portal, Tigers coach Ed Orgeron confirmed Tuesday.

“He had some personal situations that he had to take care of,” Orgeron told ESPN. “It was a hard decision, but we wish him the best. We’re going to miss him.”

The 6-foot-7, 327-pound lineman struggled to stay on the field during his three seasons on campus.

A four-star recruit in the Class of 2018, Rosenthal played in five games (three starts) as a redshirt freshman for the Tigers’ undefeated national championship team in 2019.

After briefly leaving school for personal reasons and missing spring practice in 2020, he returned and started two games before being indefinitely suspended in October. Rosenthal was reinstated and started three more games.

Sophomore Cameron Wire, who started in Rosenthal’s absence in 2020, is expected to take over as the starting left tackle.

LSU opens the season on Sept. 4 at UCLA.

–Field Level Media

Jan 2, 2021; Glendale, AZ, USA; Oregon Ducks linebacker Isaac Slade-Matautia (41) looks down Iowa State Cyclones quarterback Brock Purdy (15) during the first half of the Fiesta Bowl at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Oregon LB Isaac Slade-Matautia enters transfer portal

Oregon linebacker Isaac Slade-Matautia entered the NCAA transfer portal, seeking to play his senior season elsewhere.

“It’s time for a New Journey,” he posted to Instagram.

The 6-foot-1, 235-pound Slade-Matautia started for the Ducks the past two seasons. In 28 games from 2018-20, he had 27 tackles (12 for loss), 16 passes defensed and 2 1/2 sacks. From Honolulu, he was a four-star prospect and the No. 16 overall outside linebacker in the Class of 2017, per the 247Sports composite.

Before committing to Oregon, he had offers from six Pac-12 programs, as well as Hawaii, Nebraska and others.

He thanked the Oregon fans and program for his time in Eugene in the lengthy Instagram post.

“To the UO football program, thank you for the life lessons and the opportunity to play and train everyday at a high level,” he wrote. “There are no words to express my feelings of gratitude for the people that have helped me become not only a better athlete, but a better person.”

He continued:

“Being a 2x PAC-12 and a Rose Bowl Champion, these are all milestones and memories I will cherish forever. Nothing will ever replace those experiences, relationships, and memories I’ve had here. Thank you.

“With that being said and after deep prayer and consulting with my family, I have decided to enter the transfer portal and will finish my final college football season elsewhere. I will forever be grateful to the wonderful people at the University of Oregon.”

–Field Level Media

Apr 17, 2021; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA;  LSU Tigers quarterback TJ Finley (11) warms up with LSU Tigers quarterback Garrett Nussmeier (5) on the sidelines during the first half of the annual Purple and White spring game at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Report: LSU QB TJ Finley enters transfer portal

LSU quarterback TJ Finley has entered the NCAA transfer portal, 247Sports reported Thursday.

Finley started five games for the Tigers as a true freshman in 2020.

He completed 57.1 percent of his passes for 941 yards with five touchdowns and five interceptions. He also rushed for 34 yards and one score.

The 6-foot-6 Finley was one of three quarterbacks to start multiple games for LSU during a 5-5 season, along with freshman Max Johnson and junior Myles Brennan.

Johnson worked with the first team this spring, leaving Finley in a backup role heading into the 2021 campaign.

–Field Level Media

Oct 10, 2020; Columbia, Missouri, USA; LSU Tigers tight end Arik Gilbert (2) runs against the Missouri Tigers during the first half at Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

TE Arik Gilbert decommits from Florida, enters transfer portal again

Feb 7, 2020; Tampa, FL, USA;  General view of the NFL Shield logo on the field before Super Bowl LV between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Kansas City Chiefs at Raymond James Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Tight end Arik Gilbert said he is heading to the transfer portal again instead of the University of Florida after telling the school on Jan. 31 he was going to be Gator.

“I have decided to decommit from the university of Florida and re-enter the portal,” Gilbert tweeted. “I will not be announcing my final decision until I am enrolled into school and on campus.”

The 6-foot-5, 249-pound Gilbert, who was one of the most sought-after recruits in the 2020 cycle, played for LSU last season. But he decided to opt out of the season on Dec. 9 after posting 368 yards and two touchdowns on 35 receptions in eight games.

LSU coach Ed Orgeron said he hoped Gilbert would return to the team. Instead, he never played another down for the Tigers and ultimately entered the transfer portal, reopening his recruiting.

Gilbert, a five-star recruit ranked No. 5 nationally according to 247Sports in 2020, was expected to replace Kyle Pitts in Gainesville. The Gators’ standout tight end, who led the team in receiving touchdowns (12) last season, is expected to be among the first players taken in the 2021 NFL Draft.

The Gators signed tight ends Gage Wilcox (four star) and Nick Elksnis (three star) in their 2021 recruiting class and also return Kemore Gamble, Keon Zipperer and Jonathan Odom from last year’s squad.

–Field Level Media

Nov 9, 2019; Columbia, SC, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks quarterback Ryan Hilinski (3) warms up before the start during the first quarter at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

South Carolina QB Hilinski to transfer

South Carolina quarterback Ryan Hilinski entered the transfer portal.

He entered the 2020 season as the incumbent starter but appeared in just two games, completing four passes for 34 yards. Collin Hill and Luke Doty assumed the quarterback duties for the Gamecocks (2-8).

A four-star recruit from Southern California, Hilinksi was the No. 2-ranked pro style quarterback in the Class of 2019, per the 247Sports composite. He committed to South Carolina soon after the January 2018 suicide of his brother, former Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski.

“Thank you for giving my family and I a home when we didn’t know where home was,” he wrote on Twitter on Wednesday. “Thank you for the roars in Williams-Brice Stadium. Thank you for the smiles, hugs, handshakes and warm greetings. I will forever be grateful for this state and the life I found after losing my brother.”

He continued: “This has been the hardest decision I have had to make in my entire life. It pains me writing this letter knowing what I am leaving behind. It is with a heavy herat that I have decided to enter the transfer portal to fulfill the promise I made to myself and my brother.”

Former coach Will Muschamp put Hilinski into the starting spot in the second game of the 2019 season after Jake Bentley suffered a season-ending foot injury on the final play of the opening game. In 11 games, he completed 236 of 406 passes (58.1 percent) for 2,357 yards and 11 touchdowns with five interceptions in leading the team to a 4-8 mark.

Muschamp was fired on Nov. 15. Shane Beamer was named the Gamecocks head coach on Dec. 6.

–Field Level Media

Oct 3, 2020; Ames, Iowa, USA; Oklahoma running back T.J. Pledger (5) walks off the field after the Sooners fell to Iowa State 37-30. Mandatory Credit: Brian Powers-USA TODAY Sports

Sooners QB Mordecai, RB Pledger enter transfer portal

Oklahoma quarterback Tanner Mordecai and running back T.J. Pledger have entered the NCAA transfer portal.

Mordecai made his announcement Sunday and Pledger followed suit Monday.

Both players will presumably skip the No. 6 Sooners’ Cotton Bowl appearance against No. 7 Florida on Dec. 30.

As a redshirt sophomore in 2020, Mordecai completed 32 of 40 passes for 395 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in four games.

“Thank you OU football and sooner nation for the past 3 years,” Mordecai tweeted. “Forever grateful for my time here. I have now entered the transfer portal. Excited to see what God has in store for me.”

A four-star prospect in the Class of 2018, Mordecai appeared in 12 games for Oklahoma and completed 50 of 70 passes for 639 yards, four TDs and one interception. Redshirt freshman Spencer Rattler won the QB competition in 2020, and the Sooners last week signed the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the nation, Caleb Williams of Washington, D.C., to their 2021 class.

During his junior season in 2020, Pledger rushed 95 times for 451 yards and five touchdowns and caught nine passes for 77 yards in nine games.

“Thank you Sooner Nation for an amazing 3 years,” Pledger posted on Twitter. “Thank you Coach (Lincoln) Riley and Coach (DeMarco) Murray for believing in me this year. I have decided to enter the Transfer Portal. GODSPEED.”

Also a four-star prospect in 2018, Pledger rushed for 695 yards and six touchdowns and caught 11 passes for 89 yards in three seasons in Norman.

Both players will have immediate eligibility at another school based on a waiver granted to all Division I athletes amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

–Field Level Media

Dec 7, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Wisconsin Badgers quarterback Jack Coan (17) looks to pass against the Ohio State Buckeyes during the first half in the 2019 Big Ten Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Former starting QB Coan departing Wisconsin

Wisconsin quarterback Jack Coan has entered the transfer portal with the intent of playing his final college season at another school.

Coan’s father, Mike, said on Twitter Sunday that his son was leaving the Badgers.

“Jack coan is officially in the transfer portal he is leaving Wisconsin,” Mike Coan tweeted.

Coan was the Badgers’ starting quarterback until he injured his right foot in a preseason practice and subsequently underwent surgery. He returned to the club late in the season but didn’t receive any playing time with redshirt freshman Graham Mertz entrenched as the starter.

Coan guided Wisconsin to the Rose Bowl during a 2019 season in which he passed for 2,727 yards (third most in school history) to go with 18 touchdowns and five interceptions. The Badgers lost 28-27 to Oregon in Pasadena to finish 10-4.

Overall, Coan started 18 of 25 games played for Wisconsin and ranks 13th in school history with 3,278 passing yards. He had a 12-6 record as a starter, including 8-3 in Big Ten games.

Coan’s preseason injury opened the door for Mertz, who has passed for 1,108 yards, eight touchdowns and five interceptions in six games.

Mertz sustained an upper-body injury during Saturday’s 20-17 victory over Minnesota. Sophomore Chase Wolf finished up the contest.

–Field Level Media

Nov 28, 2020; Waco, Texas, USA; Baylor Bears quarterback Charlie Brewer (5) rolls out to pass against the Kansas State Wildcats during the second quarter at McLane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Baylor QB Brewer to enter transfer portal

Baylor quarterback Charlie Brewer announced Sunday that he will enter the transfer portal and use his final year of eligibility at a new school.

“It is with much thought and prayer that I am announcing I will be entering the transfer portal and moving on as a graduate transfer,” Brewer wrote on Twitter. “A heartfelt thank you to my teammates, Coach (Matt) Rhule and Coach (Dave) Aranda for an amazing ride the past four years here at Baylor. I will take with me a lifetime of great memories and a degree from Baylor University.”

Brewer departs after serving as the school’s all-time leader in completions (828), passing attempts (1,304) and total plays (1,756). His 87 total touchdowns (65 passing, 22 rushing) are second only to Robert Griffin III.

Brewer began his collegiate career under Rhule, throwing for 1,562 yards with 11 touchdowns and four interceptions in eight games (four starts).

He then guided the Bears to a Texas Bowl win in 2018 and an appearance in the Big 12 championship game and Sugar Bowl in 2019.

Brewer completed 198 of 321 passes for 1,958 yards with 14 touchdowns and eight interceptions in nine games this season.

“I am very thankful for Charlie and all that he has given Baylor football and Baylor University over the last four years,” Aranda said. “I have so much respect for him and the way he has led our team. There is no doubt in my time here that Charlie has been tough, hard-working and competitive. We wish him nothing but the best in his next step.”

–Field Level Media