Pitt CB Cullen Christian transfers to West Virginia, his third FBS school

Nick Bromberg
Pitt CB Cullen Christian transfers to West Virginia, his third FBS school

Cullen Christian's tour of blue-and-gold colored schools is continuing.

The cornerback is transferring from Pitt to West Virginia and will be eligible immediately in 2014 after graduating from Pitt in the fall.

West Virginia is his third FBS school.

“I wanted to continue to play football and further my education with Sports Management, which is a major that Pitt doesn’t offer,” Christian told West Virginia Illustrated. “I felt like I didn’t fit Pitt’s system, but I feel like I have an opportunity to play at West Virginia. They play so many DBs. I know Coach Gibson very well and I know how he goes about coaching.”

For many involved in the Backyard Brawl rivalry, this seems unfathomable. Pitt and West Virginia have a strong dislike for each other, but the football rivalry ended in 2011 after West Virginia moved to the Big 12. While Christian missed the last meeting while sitting out because of NCAA transfer guidelines, he is familiar with it. He's a native of Pittsburgh, Pa.

The Coach Gibson who Christian refers to is Tony Gibson, West Virginia's new cornerbacks coach. Gibson was an assistant at Pitt, and Christian followed him to the Mountaineers.

It's not the first time Christian has gone with Gibson as he's changed schools. Christian initially committed to Michigan and played as a freshman, but transferred to Pitt after Gibson went there. Gibson was a member of former Michigan and current Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez's staff. He was also on Rodriguez's staff at West Virginia.

Christian was a four-star recruit out of high school, according to Rivals. He only played in two games in 2013 because of an ankle injury and said he hopes to get a medical redshirt to play an additional season at West Virginia.

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