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Quarterback Mike White to transfer out of USF

 
South Florida quarterback Mike White (14) throws a pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Rutgers in Piscataway, N.J., Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) NJME103
South Florida quarterback Mike White (14) throws a pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Rutgers in Piscataway, N.J., Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) NJME103
Published April 1, 2015

TAMPA — USF rising junior quarterback Mike White, who started 15 career games but appeared to lose ground in this spring's competition for the starting job, has been granted his release to transfer.

"Mike and I talked after the conclusion of spring practice and he expressed his desire to pursue the remainder of his career at another school," Bulls coach Willie Taggart said in a USF news release.

"We wish Mike all the best in his future and thank him for his contributions to our program and university."

The first commitment of the Taggart era, White appeared to be trailing sophomore-to-be Quinton Flowers and senior Steven Bench in the Bulls' latest derby. Once considered a big-league pitching prospect during his two-sport career at Fort Lauderdale's University School, White said he plans to stick with football.

The spring QB battle "had its weight in my decision," White said, "but … at the end of the day by no means was this a decision in spite of anyone in this program.

"I hold everyone in this program in high regard; I signed here for a reason. I think the world of these coaches and this university and that's what made it such a tough decision to leave. I wish them the best of luck. … I just felt there's a better situation for me."