Venric Mark is no longer a Northwestern Wildcat. So what's next?
We know how Pat Fitzgerald's team plans to move on. They'll rely on the same running back depth that played in Mark's injury-caused absence last season. But what about Mark? He announced he'd be transferring, but where will he be transferring?
Well, national writers seem to have learned that Mark's options are slim.
At least one FBS school doesn’t think RB Venric Mark can get a waiver to play this season— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) August 17, 2014
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One FBS coach that inquired about Venric Mark (NU transfer) says Mark options seem limited because will be tough to get eligibility waiver.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerCBS) August 18, 2014
@JFowlerCBS Timing really works against him with one class needed this fall to graduate. Can’t go FCS b/c needs 2 years of eligibility.— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) August 18, 2014
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Guys transfer all the time, but Mark's situation is unique. After Mark missed almost the entirety of what was supposed to be his senior season in 2013, Northwestern had to lobby last year to get him an extra year of eligibility from the NCAA. This season would have been his fifth. But NCAA rules dictate that a player transferring from one FBS program to another must sit out an entire season, or redshirt, before using another year of eligibility. Because the NCAA already granted Mark an additional year of eligibility, playing this year doesn't look very likely for Mark.
Mark's future in college football might lie in the NCAA's hands as much as anyone else's.