Jul 15, 2010, 8:33 AM EDT
We’ve known for over a month that Spencer Boyd was transferring out of Notre Dame before ever officially suiting up for the Irish, but for the first time, Boyd shed some light on the situation.
Speaking to the Fort Myers News-Press, Boyd confirmed that he was leaving and that some family issues are the reason he’s heading closer to home.
“I have some family issues right now,” Boyd told the News-Press. “There’s no hard feelings. They known I am leaving for family issues.”
Boyd spent the summer in South Bend, taking classes during the summer semester with his former teammates to keep his eligibility in tact. While South Florida was always expected to be the likely landing spot for Boyd, there were rumors that he was headed to West Virginia if he didn’t get his summer academics in order.
Boyd spent the spring as a defensive back, but will get his first look as a wide receiver under new coach Skip Holtz while he sits out his transfer season.
“They are looking at me as a wide receiver, but not totally ruling out defense,” Boyd said. “I probably know more about corner because I learned from people in a college program in the spring. But I don’t mind having the ball in my hands.”
When the news broke that Boyd was transferring, head coach Brian Kelly wished nothing but the best for Boyd. Having spoken with a few defensive coaches back in June, they all echoed the same sentiments. At 175 pounds, Boyd isn’t physically ready to play college football, so a season off developing will do him some good.