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Shaquelle Evans to transfer

Aug 31, 2010, 12:13 PM EDT

Brian Kelly just confirmed during his press conference that wide receiver Shaquelle Evans is no longer with the team.

“Shaq Evans is no longer with the team,” Kelly said. “We granted him a release and we wish him the best. He’s a good kid.”

The whispers had been growing the past few days that Evans was unhappy, and when the two-deep depth chart was released, it was widely suspected that Evans was out the door.

The Inglewood, California native walked onto campus one of the most promising skill position recruits of his class. He found the field early, and was targeted on a crucial 3rd down passing attempt against Michigan, but slipped as the out-pattern sailed past him incomplete. His playing time diminished after that game, though the coaching staff denied any issue with Evans’ effort.

Kelly didn’t seem to bat an eye when asked about Evans leaving, and it’s widely assumed he’ll head back to the West Coast and play for a Pac-10 program.

While not asked directly about Evans, Kelly was more than candid about competition.

“If you’re afraid of competition, maybe you shouldn’t come to Notre Dame,” Kelly said.

  1. TLNDMA - Aug 31, 2010 at 1:27 PM

    I wish the kid luck but, he failed to impress two coaching staffs enough to get playing time. Both years he was beat out by Robby Toma. Goes to show about those star ratings.

  2. borromini - Aug 31, 2010 at 2:28 PM

    I don’t think the star rating failed in this case. That system used by various services doesn’t address potential mental pitfalls that come about when leaving home and placed in heavy competition and then not making the necessary attitude adjustments.
    In high school, Shaq earned those stars…and it’s still possible that he’ll succeed elsewhere. Too bad, wanted to see him stick it out.

  3. Nick - Aug 31, 2010 at 11:12 PM

    Keith,
    I follow you on more than one website. I like and respect your work.
    I feel that your last sentence is a gross misuse of the context in which that quote was brought up. Kelly was talking about recruiting quarterbacks, and you have attempted to tweak that comment to mean something else – calling out Shaq Evans. You are better than this.
    “Q. You get so many questions about the backup at quarterback, but do you plan to bring in another one next year?
    COACH KELLY: We are going to recruit quarterbacks every single year. I don’t think you ever go into a year and say we aren’t going to recruit one this year.
    We might not take one this year, but I think every single year you are never going to look out across the country and say `this is not the year to take a quarterback.’
    I’m always looking for that next guy that can make me smart. A great quarterback is certainly going to do that every year.
    I think every year we will look to take a quarterback every year, but maybe some years it will need to be an exact fit. And, maybe that could be the case in 2010-2011, but every year we will look for a quarterback.
    Q. When you are talking to those kids, especially after taking three quarterbacks this past year, what kind of questions are you going to get, and how do you respond to that?
    COACH KELLY: Well, if you are afraid of competition then maybe you should not come to Notre Dame. There’s going to be quarterback competition wherever you go in the BCS rankings, and if you don’t have the confidence in your ability and you don’t trust the fact that we believe that you can be a player, then you probably should go somewhere else. “

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