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Max Wittek won’t graduate in time to play at Texas this season

Max WittekWord emerged this week that former USC quarterback Max Wittek would not be receiving a scholarship from Texas, and now we know why.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser says Wittek will not graduate this spring as expected and therefore will not be eligible to play for a new school in the fall.

NCAA transfer rules say players must sit out a season if they transfer from one FBS school to another. However, one can play immediately if he receives a bachelor’s degree and enrolls at another school for a graduate program, which is what Wittek planned to do.

Wittek seemed extremely likely to transfer to Texas, which he visited multiple times, including the team’s spring game last month. His future plans have obviously been derailed and now it’s unclear what he plans to do. If he wants to play immediately, he might consider enrolling at an FCS program.

Max Wittek: Visit to Texas was awesome

Max WittekMax Wittek was once one of the top college football prospects in the country, but after losing the USC starting quarterback job to Cody Kessler, he decided to transfer. Texas is one of the schools looking at him, and it sounds like things went quite well on his visit there over the weekend.

“Everything about my trip (to Texas) was awesome,” Wittek told Orangebloods.com on Monday. “From the coaches to the players, the school, the campus – it all probably exceeded what I thought it would be.”

Wittek has also expressed interest in Louisville, TCU and Hawaii, but he says he’s not sure of his plans to visit any of them. He also told Orangebloods that he connected with the Longhorns coaches during his visit.

Wittek enrolled early at USC in 2011 to take part in spring practice, even though he redshirted his first year. After Matt Barkley hurt his shoulder against UCLA in 2012, Wittek started against Notre Dame and then Georgia Tech in the team’s bowl game. He did not look very good in either game, and he lost the starting job to Kessler last season.

Schools still hold a lot of interest in the former Mater Dei product, but I have my concerns. He didn’t look good despite playing in Lane Kiffin’s offense and with many talented players around him, so I’m not expecting big things from him elsewhere. Based on his reputation, though, he’ll probably be able to land a starting job.

In high school, Wittek was rated a four-star recruit by Rivals. He had scholarship offers from Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Notre Dame, South Carolina and UCLA, in addition to SC.

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USC backup QB Max Wittek guarantees a win over Notre Dame

With USC quarterback Matt Barkley having been ruled out of Sunday’s game with a shoulder injury, most people have already penciled Notre Dame into the BCS National Championship game. Max Wittek, Barkley’s freshman backup who has attempted only nine passes in his collegiate career, is here to tell those people to pump the brakes.

“We haven’t got the full game plan yet, but from what I can tell, we’re going to play our offense, whatever coach (Lane) Kiffin feels comfortable giving me,” Wittek told ESPN Radio in Los Angeles, via Dr. Saturday. “If he wants to air it out, let’s air it out. If he wants to pound it on the ground, let’s do that. Like I said, I’m going to go out there, I’m going to play within myself, within the system, and we’re going to win this ballgame.”

It sounds like Wittek learned how to deal with the media from Rex Ryan, but I have no problem with it. He’s basically been put in a situation where he has nothing to lose, so Wittek might as well try to show his teammates and USC fans that he feels he is capable of having success against the No. 1 team in the nation.

For what it’s worth, Wittek is 8-for-9 passing for 95 yards and a touchdown in spot duty this season. He looked sharp on three pass attempts against UCLA last weekend after Barkley went down, but none of his playing time has come against a team of Notre Dame’s caliber. All the freshman can do is give it his all and try to shock to college football world.