By Stephen Tsai
USC quarterback Max Wittek can't transfer to UH — or any other FBS school — this summer.
Because of a personal situation, Wittek did not earn a bachelor's degree after USC's recently completed semester. A degree is a requirement for a player to transfer without restrictions, such as a sitting out a season at the new school.
USC had approved Wittek to contact Texas and Hawaii — his top two choices — because the Trojans do not play the Longhorns or Rainbow Warriors the next two seasons. Wittek, if he had earned a degree this week, would have had two seasons of eligibility remaining.
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Strength/conditioning coach Gary Beemer said he expects "99 percent" of the returning Rainbow Warriors to participate in the May 27 start of the offseason conditioning program.
He said there probably will be full participation, but he holds out the possibility that a player might be exempt because of extenuating circumstances or financial reasons. Even if a player is not present for the workouts in Manoa, each player has been given a conditioning program to work out on his own.
UH's spring semester ends today, with the commencement ceremony set for tomorrow. The mainland players who will be visiting their families are expected to return by the Memorial Day weekend. The opening of the offseason conditioning program coincides with the May 27 start of UH's first summer session.