UPDATE (4/10 3 p.m.)
In a press release, Duke confirmed that Connette will indeed transfer to play his final year of collegiate eligibility at another school closer to his home in Corona, Calif.
“First and foremost, our prayers and concerns are with Nancy Connette and her quest for good health,” head coach David Cutcliffe said. “We thank Brandon for his many contributions to Duke University and our football program. We want nothing but the best for Brandon – both on the football field and off – and his personal situation is very close to our hearts. He’s been an integral part of our program over the past four years, and we wish him continued success going forward.”
“I could not be more appreciative of Coach Cutcliffe for his understanding of this situation,” Connette said. “Being away from my family during my mother’s illness has been the most difficult thing I’ve ever had to endure. I’m thankful that Duke University afforded me so many incredible opportunities – academically, athletically and socially – and will always hold my experience here in the highest regard.”
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According to multiple reports, Duke quarterback Brandon Connette is considering transferring to a school closer to his home in Corona, Calif.
Connette, who will be a senior next season, scored a school-record 27 touchdowns for the Blue Devils last season, but both the Durham Herald-Sun and Charlotte Observer are reporting that Connette wants to be closer to his family.
Connette’s mother had emergency brain surgery on Dec. 12 to remove a tumor and continues to fight Stage 4 brain cancer. Connette was excused from the team’s Chick-fil-A Bowl practices last season to be with his mother in the hospital.
According to the Observer, Connette’s mother “is recovering and was well enough to travel to Duke’s spring game on March 1.”
The Herald Sun is reporting that a decision from Connette could come as soon as Thursday, and CBSSports.com reported Wednesday that Duke’s compliance office sent “a letter granting permission to contact Connette about transferring” to a “program on the West Coast.” The West Coast school was not named.
Connette played in all 13 games for the 10-4 Blue Devils last season, mainly in a two-quarterback system with starter Anthony Boone. When Boone went down with a broken collarbone, Connette started three games in his place and led the team to a 1-2 record in those contests.
On the season, Connette completed 90-of-145 passes for 1,212 yards and 13 touchdowns while also running for 381 yards and 14 more touchdowns.
Connette, who has already graduated from Duke, would be eligible to play immediately at a new school under the NCAA’s grad transfer rules.
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