Report: Venric Mark could join Texas Tech, Division II school

Report: Venric Mark could join Texas Tech, Division II school
August 19, 2014, 3:15 pm
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Though his options are extremely limited, it looks like there are a few places former Northwestern running back Venric Mark could play this season.

CBS Sports' Jeremy Fowler reports that Mark could look to play at Texas Tech or a Division II school this season.

NCAA transfer rules mean that Mark would have to obtain a waiver to play Division I football this season, something that's viewed as unlikely given the waiver he received for this season at Northwestern after missing almost all of last year due to injury.

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Fowler says the likeliest option for the running back is a Division II school, specifically naming West Texas A&M or Midwestern State (also in Texas) as possibilities.

According to the report, Mark could also try to walk on at Texas Tech, which plays in the Big 12. Despite Texas Tech being "maxed out on available scholarships," it's an option only because the NCAA would be most likely to grant a waiver to play there, given that Mark's mother lives in Lubbock. But there's still no way of knowing whether or not Mark would receive that waiver. He said that a need to be closer to home and family was the reason he left Northwestern.

Pat Fitzgerald said after Mark announced his decision to transfer that the Northwestern program would be willing to provide help in any way it could to assist with Mark finding a new place to play.