Wow. Talk about an about-face.
It was two days ago that Justin Murphy announced that he had been granted a sixth year of eligibility. This was his tweet on Monday.
I am extremely grateful to the @NCAA for granting me a 6th year of eligibility!— Justin Murphy (@JMurphy_73) December 10, 2018
None of this could've been possible if it weren't for the amazing job done at @UCLACompliance. Thank you for everything y'all do over there, it doesn't go unnoticed!
Now, today, he’s leaving.
He announced today’s news on Twitter, too.
Thank you UCLA and God Bless. pic.twitter.com/xY7txFLNfK— Justin Murphy (@JMurphy_73) December 12, 2018
It’s pretty unbelievable if it wasn’t true.
It will be interesting to see where Murphy ends up, given that Kliff Kingsbury, his former head coach at Texas Tech, is the new offensive coordinator over at Southern Cal.
It would seem a possibility, given that all transfers, not just graduate transfers, are no longer able to have the schools they can transfer to restricted.
At the same time, I don’t believe the graduate transfer rule has ever been used twice by the same student-athlete.
Obviously, UCLA will miss the leadership he brought to the offensive line this year and he showed a lot of heart by working to recover from his most recent knee injury to get back out on the field but, from an on-the-field perspective, the loss shouldn’t hurt all that much as Jake Burton will have another year of experience under his belt.