Nov 10, 2012; Lubbock, TX, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders quarter back Michael Brewer (16) rushes against the Kansas Jayhawks in the first half at Jones AT

Former Texas Tech Quarterback Michael Brewer Denied Transfer to TCU, Texas

Nov 28, 2013; Austin, TX, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders quarterback Michael Brewer (16) warms up prior to the game against the Texas Longhorns at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

Another former Texas Tech quarterback looking to transfer thinks the rules don’t apply to him. This time, Michael Brewer went before the Athletic Council to plead his case.

His request to transfer to either Texas or TCU following graduation in May was unanimously denied yesterday by a vote of 5-0. Brewer claims he has a case for unrestricted transfer because of a “misdiagnosed” back injury last summer and mixed messages about playing time.

Don Williams of the Lubbock AJ reported last night that Brewer is disappointed with the panel’s decision and the way his sophomore season played out.

“It was only supposed to be about a two-month injury, and it ended up being about a 4 1/2-month injury,” Brewer said “From the beginning of June until I got cleared the week that we played Kansas (Oct. 5)…I’d been told the whole time leading up to that that I was going to play. Then coach Kingsbury had gone back and forth telling me I was going to play. Coach Kingsbury told me I was going to start for the Texas game, and then two days later called me back and told me that I’m not.”

After the fact, Brewer seems like he would have been the better choice to start the Texas game. But hindsight is always 20-20. He goes on to describe what he considered to be a misdiagnosed injury that ultimately lost him the starting job.

“I was diagnosed in June — misdiagnosed, actually — which set me back even further,” he said. “They let me start to practice the beginning of two-a-days when I wasn’t supposed to, which set me back again. It was just small things like that which continually set me back.”

What Tech originally diagnosed as a bulging disk in June actually turned out to be a fractured vertebra after Brewer visited a specialist in Dallas. According to Brewer, the way the coaching staff handled him while injured and after being cleared to play ultimately kept him off the field. This, in his mind, should give him the freedom to transfer where he chooses regardless of the long-standing rules on transfer restrictions.

According to Tech, Brewer can transfer anywhere beyond the Big 12 conference. That includes anywhere in the state of Texas not in the Big 12, “…something coach Kingsbury does not normally allow. But in this case, he is allowing it.”

Check out the full report from Don Williams, which goes into more detail.

UPDATE (2:12 p.m.): Brewer just provided proof that he has been restricted from transferring to any major  school in the state of Texas by Texas Tech:

Not a good look for Tech, who just said through a spokesman that coach Kingsbury wouldn’t be blocking Brewer from any Texas schools besides those in the Big 12.

UPDATE (2:46 p.m.):

 

UPDATE (3:06 p.m.): Associate Athletic Director Blayne Beal released this statement moments ago on Twitter:

 

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