Former Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant considered a number of major college football programs when transferring out of the Tigers’ program, but he ended up picking Missouri.
Bryant has received some tough news this morning.
The NCAA has hit Missouri football with a 2019 postseason ban as a result of the Tigers’ academic scandal, which found that a tutor was doing work for athletes.
“A former Missouri tutor violated NCAA ethical conduct, academic misconduct and academic extra benefits rules when she completed academic work for 12 student-athletes,” the NCAA announced.
A former Missouri tutor violated NCAA ethical conduct, academic misconduct and academic extra benefits rules when she completed academic work for 12 student-athletes: https://t.co/sQnShvPwho
— Inside the NCAA (@InsidetheNCAA) January 31, 2019
Bryant has just one season of eligibility left, so he won’t be playing in a bowl game in his final season if he remains at Missouri.
Will Bryant now pursue a transfer? The NCAA would likely allow him to play immediately at another program, if that’s what he wants.
Of course, Missouri wasn’t going to be making the College Football Playoff in 2019, anyway, and playing in a bowl game isn’t everything, so it’s possible Bryant could stay put.
Still, speculation about Bryant’s future is swirling.
So is Kelly Bryant leaving Missouri?
— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) January 31, 2019
Any chance Kelly Bryant returns to the transfer portal?
— Brad Crawford (@BCrawford247) January 31, 2019
Live look at Kelly Bryant… pic.twitter.com/rSxMJuhwYT
— Saturday Down South (@SDS) January 31, 2019
Kelly Bryant, right about now pic.twitter.com/1f9wskamwB
— Bunkie Perkins (@BunkiePerkins) January 31, 2019
One of the main reasons Kelly Bryant picked Missouri over Auburn was the offensive system and improving his chances to get to the NFL.
Being unable to play in a bowl shouldn’t change that. He’ll get 12 games instead of 13. The other punishments for Missouri won’t affect him.
— Justin Ferguson (@JFergusonAU) January 31, 2019
All the attention is on Kelly Bryant… but I’m now wondering about the rest of the roster/recruits, too. https://t.co/Nmd1IouxMy
— Chris Vannini (@ChrisVannini) January 31, 2019
Kelly Bryant about to pull a Manny Diaz pic.twitter.com/4b9EHiAF34
— CFB Home (@CFBHome) January 31, 2019
Bryant, who transferred out of Clemson after Dabo Swinney named Trevor Lawrence the team’s starting quarterback, also considered Auburn, Arkansas, North Carolina and Miami, among other programs.