(LOS ANGELES) — USC quarterback Max Wittek has informed the team’s coaching staff that he will transfer after the end of the spring semester.
Wittek told the Los Angeles Times that he intends to skip spring practice, graduate at the end of the semester, and transfer to another school.
Wittek is a fourth-year junior who has two seasons of eligibility remaining. He would be able to play immediately at his new school because of an NCAA rule that allows graduates the freedom to transfer without losing a year of eligibility.
“I had talked to Coach a couple of times,” Wittek told the newspaper. “What it really came down to was a feel for me. … Getting my degree from such a great university will mean a lot, and ultimately, allowing me to play right away with two years to play was the best way to go.”
In five appearances this season, Wittek completed 14 of 26 passes for 212 yards with no touchdowns and one interception. He was locked into a quarterback competition with Cody Kessler that lasted through the start of the 2013 season. Then-coach Lane Kiffin decided to start Kessler for the bulk of the season.
He finishes his USC career 50 of 95 for 600 yards with three touchdowns and six interceptions.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN