The next time you hear a coach whine about how unfair the transfer portal is, mention the name Anthony Watkins to him.
On Friday, Missouri running back Anthony Watkins entered his name in the transfer portal. He was coming off a redshirt freshman year where he saw action in just one game, rushing for 19 yards.
However, according to Watkins, the choice to leave Mizzou wasn’t his.
“I had received a call last week on Wednesday from my running back coach, Curtis Luper,” Watkins explained. “He reached out to me and was like, ‘I got some bad news’ and told me ‘Well, you’re still on scholarship, that’s not being taken away from you, but you will no longer be on the team.'”
Luper’s explanation of the situation raised a lot of questions with the Fort Worth, Texas native.
“He said the reason was because they were starting to lose scholarships and they are running low,” Watkins detailed. “And I couldn’t understand that because the ban was so long ago where they are eligible to play in a bowl now, so what does that have to do with me? I just felt like something shady was going on.”
“We’re not taking away your scholarship, but we’re kicking you off the team because we’re low on scholarships” makes about as much sense as anything else in college football these days, I guess.
This has got to be a tough story for the “unforeseen consequences of a one-time transfer waiver rule” crowd to swallow, too, now that I think about it. Sad!