Staff photo by Patrick Smith BJ Coleman during 2008's Vanderbilt game.
One week after leaving the University of Tennessee football program, B.J. Coleman still is weighing his options before deciding where he will transfer.
The former McCallie School quarterback visited UT-Chattanooga earlier this week and has been contacted by several other schools.
Although he would not predict a specific date, he said he hopes to make a decision in the near future.
“I really enjoyed my time with the UTC staff,” Coleman said. “I thought all of the coaches I spoke with were stand-up guys. The thing I noticed first is that they’re good people.
“They also have a good plan to get the program going in the right direction, and I think fans and the city are going to be really proud of what they’re going to do.”
Although Coleman was granted his release from UT last weekend, Volunteers coach Lane Kiffin did exclude several prospective schools from that release. Coleman would not divulge which schools those were, but it is common practice for the coach at the previous program to include all league opponents on such a list.
If Coleman transferred to a Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly I-A) program, he would have to sit out this fall before becoming eligible. However, if he signs with a Football Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA) school, such as UTC, he will be immediately eligible. He already took a redshirt year.
B.J. Coleman leaves TennesseeFormer McCallie School quarterback B.J. Coleman told University of Tennessee football coaches Thursday afternoon that he would be transferring out of the program. The redshirt sophomore told the Times Free Press he did not believe he would get a fair opportunity to earn the starting job.
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