Posted: 9:29 p.m. Monday, May 20, 2013
By Doc Harper
Brandon Mitchell left Arkansas for the chance to start at quarterback his senior year after it was apparent Brandon Allen would get the nod at Arkansas, and he apparently feels the best fit for him is at NC State.
"I like the culture, coaches, expectations within the program all the way at the top, and most importantly chemistry," BMitchell said.— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) May 20, 2013
Mitchell: "Bottom line is I want to win, and I want to win now. They have the best opportunity for success and just had one missing piece."— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) May 20, 2013
Bret Bielema spoke about Mitchell's transfer this week at the "Talking Football" fundraising event for the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame. Jim Harris quoted Bielema in Sporting Life Arkansas:
Q: Did you have an inkling before the end of spring practice that if Brandon Mitchell wasn’t in the mix to start that he would transfer?
Bielema: I suggested it to him. There wasn’t any surprise on my part. I think the spring unfolded and I knew he wasn’t going to be the starting guy. I knew as a head coach … I think the kids have an understanding of me that I would just rather sit down and talk very, very bluntly and very honestly.
So I brought him in, just said, "Brandon I think this is what you’re thinking about doing. You’ve got a chance to graduate this summer, and he kind of verified that information. I said, So let’s work together. Let me put out a release, get some schools that are interested in you, rather than doing it behind closed doors or not being out in the open. So he immediately got an inquiry like I knew he would from 5 to 10 schools. The best thing we could do for Brandon is help him through that process and let him see some places that might have a interest and let him finish his career and his opportunity and wish him the best of luck.
Again, Mitchell is scheduled to graduate before the fall, so he is eligible to play immediately. Former Florida quarterback Jacoby Brissett also transferred to the Wolfpack this offseason, but he must sit out a year, so everything should be set up well for Mitchell to start.
We wish him the best.
For more: Here's the SB Nation report.