USC quarterback Max Wittek is reportedly close to making his long-awaited move away from the vaunted Southern California football program.
According to CBS Sports' Jeremy Fowler, Wittek is expected to join the University of Hawaii program later this month:
Report from @StephenTsai says Wittek set to join UH on Aug. 25. Four months ago, in line to compete for starting job at Texas— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerCBS) August 10, 2014
He is looking to transfer away from USC in the wake of young signal-caller Cody Kessler's rise to the starting role. Kessler came into his own in 2013, tossing 20 touchdowns against just seven interceptions.
Wittek would have to sit out the next season at Hawaii due to the NCAA's transfer rules, unless some sort of unforeseen exception is granted. This would leave the incoming junior with just one year of eligibility.
The 6'4" pocket passer appeared in just five games for the Trojans last season, completing 14 of 26 passes for 212 yards, no touchdowns and one interception.
This isn't the first report of a move away from Southern California for Wittek. He appeared to be set to move to the University of Texas, but Brian Davis of the Austin American-Statesman reported in May that Texas backed away from offering Wittek a scholarship for undisclosed reasons. It appears that indeed nothing ever materialized.
If Wittek does join Hawaii, he will have the opportunity to learn from vaunted quarterback guru Norm Chow, who is the head coach of the Rainbow Warriors. Chow also has connections to the USC program, having served as the offensive coordinator there from 2001-04.