Last week it was learned that true freshman Florida linebacker Graham Stewart planned to transfer. Will Muschamp put no restrictions or limitations on the kid’s options and Stewart — a Connecticut native — has decided to play at UConn instead of for the Gators. Florida’s coach plans on taking an extra step for Stewart as well:
“I’m going to petition the NCAA for him to be eligible immediately. He’s a great kid. A family situation occurs like that and you’re so far from home, you deserve to have that opportunity and not have any penalty for it.”
Muschamp said last week that Stewart told him “he wanted to leave to get closer to home due to some personal issues.”
Kudos to Florida’s coach for showing some heart. Whether it’s Mark Richt’s open door policy for transfers or John Calipari’s desire to push his players to the pros as soon as possible, these types of stances have to help coaches on the recruiting trail.
Too bad more coaches don’t realize that.