In a surprising development, NC State head coach Tom O’Brien has given a scholarship release to quarterback Russell Wilson, the runner-up ACC Player of the Year.
Wilson, who is playing baseball in the Colorado Rockies organization, did not participate in spring practice. O’Brien recently made the decision that Mike Glennon will be the starting quarterback, even if Wilson had returned to the team.
Wilson told the Charlotte Observer, "I really want the fans, N.C. State alumni and most of all my teammates to know if I had been given an equal opportunity to compete for the starting job, I would not have asked for my release. I am a competitor."
In a Friday night press release, O’Brien said, “Russell and I have had very open conversations about his responsibilities respective to baseball and football. While I am certainly respectful of Russell’s dedication to baseball these last several years, within those discussions I also communicated to him the importance of his time commitment to NC State Football.”
“My staff and I thank him for his contributions as a member of Wolfpack football and to this University and wish him only the best in the future.”
Wilson is not allowed to transfer to another ACC school or opponent on the NC State 2011 schedule.