Alabama backup quarterback Phillip Ely is considering transferring to another school, according to 247Sports.com. With AJ McCarron leading the Crimson Tide to a second straight BCS title and having a strong hold on the starting job next season, Ely is reportedly looking at South Florida.
Ely played in six games this season after redshirting his first year. He completed three-of-four passes for 42 yards with a touchdown. He started 2012 as the No. 2 quarterback but shared backup duties with sophomore Blake Sims later in the season. If Ely transfers to another FBS school, he has to sit out the 2013 season. That would leave him with two years of eligibility.
Alabama is bringing in two quarterbacks as part of its latest recruiting class.
Another backup quarterback, Oklahoma's Drew Allen, has been given permission by the school to pursue transferring, according to multiple reports.
Even though Landry Jones is headed to the NFL, Blake Bell is expected to take over as starter with Allen entering his senior season. It is not clear which schools interest Allen, who also considered transferring last season.
Even though Allen is graduating in May, he has one more year of eligibility. He does not have to sit out a season if he transfers to an FBS school as long as the school has a graduate program that is not offered at Oklahoma.
---Purdue announced Friday it hired John Shoop as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
"Coach Shoop is a great guy and a smart coach that understands the team culture we're building at Purdue," Boilermakers head coach Darrell Hazell said in a statement. "He has a ton of experience at the highest levels of football, having served as an offensive coordinator in both the NFL and college. I love what his knowledge and expertise brings to Purdue, but I really value his notion of family and team-building that will play a vital role for us."
Shoop most recently served as North Carolina's offensive coordinator from 2007-11. He did not coach in 2012. The Boilermakers are still in search of a defensive line coach, tight ends coach and special teams coordinator.