Over the weekend news came out that former Ohio State quarterback Kyle McCord had decided on where he would be taking his talents after entering the transfer portal earlier this month. After flirting with Nebraska a bit, McCord surprised a lot of people by choosing to move on to Syracuse. By joining the Orange, not only will McCord not have to worry about a competition to win the starting quarterback position, he also will be playing for a head coach with some ties to where McCord grew up, as new Syracuse head coach Fran Brown has ties to Philadelphia and South Jersey.
Since McCord’s transfer destination was to a school that really wasn’t on anyone’s radar, today we figured we would get a little crazy with where we would transfer to if we entered the transfer portal. Not saying that McCord deciding to go to Syracuse was right or wrong, it is just very interesting since it has been a while since the Orange were relevant in college football. In the end, we hope this move turns out to be exactly what McCord was looking for.
Back to the question we posed about where your most surprising transfer portal destination would be. Today’s question doesn’t have to only take into consideration entering the transfer portal in football. Maybe your favorite college sport is basketball, hockey, volleyball, or any other collegiate sport that is played. With limits to your answers being low, there should be a bunch of interesting responses to today’s question!
Today’s question: Where would be your most surprising destination in the transfer portal?
We’d love to hear your choices. Either respond to us on Twitter at @Landgrant33 or leave your choice in the comments.
Brett’s answer: Virginia Tech
I don’t know a lot about Virginia Tech coach Brent Pry, but I’m not really basing my decision much on the coaches of the Hokies. What has always stood out to me about Virginia Tech has been its passionate fans and the atmosphere in Blacksburg. I can’t even describe how amped I would be if I was able to run out onto the field at Lane Stadium while “Enter Sandman” by Metallica was blasting over the PA system. I’ve been a Metallica fan for decades so I’ll never pass on an opportunity to jam out to one of their most iconic songs.
Along with a fun setting to play football at, Virginia Tech fans would be great to play in front of. When supporters of the Hokies descended upon Columbus in 2014 for the game between Ohio State and Virginia Tech, fans of the Hokies were pleasant. For some reason since I joined Twitter more than a decade ago, I’ve become friends with a number of Virginia Tech fans, so I’ve always had a soft spot for the Hokies. Can we replace Penn State fans in the Big Ten with Virginia Tech fans since Nittany Lions fans are mostly unbearable?
Even though Virginia Tech isn’t quite what it used to be on the football field, I would relish the challenge of trying to turn them back into a contender in the time I would be there. Since they are in the ACC, it’s not like there are a ton of obstacles in the way of winning the conference. Just look at Louisville, they brought in a new head coach and quarterback this year and made it all the way to the conference championship game.
Don’t worry any Hokie fans reading this, I’m 38 and even if I had any college eligibility, no coach would be interested in bringing me in. Just wanted you to know how much I admire your fan base and atmosphere!
Matt’s answer: Any service academy
Look, I’m not afraid to get up early or to push myself physically (as I like to remind all of my Instagram followers with regular, fairly pathetic videos from CrossFit classes), but there is just no possible way that I would ever survive four years at a service academy, be it at West Point, Annapolis, the Air Force Academy, the Coast Guard Academy, the Merchant Marine Academy, the Citadel, VMI, or even those uber-intense ROTC programs or whatever they are at Virginia Tech and Texas A&M.
Why you ask? The answer is simple: Math. All of those military academies want you to major in something like engineering or economics or robotics and every single one of those courses of study requires an understanding of math that not only surpasses my brain’s capabilities but exponentially exceeds it... the only problem is that — because it has to do with numbers — I’m not 100% sure that I’m using the term “exponentially” correctly in this context.
Now, I know that you don’t have to major in a numbers-based subject at all of the academies, and the options vary between which one you attend, but they still want you to take those courses and have a basic understanding of how they work, and, friends, that’s just not for me. When I was at Ohio State, I did everything I could to take the bare minimum math and science classes and found any loophole I could to take the least mathy and sciency versions possible.
I certainly want people flying military aircraft to have an advanced understanding of aerospace engineering and for everyone in the Army Corps of Engineers to have years of training in all things civil engineering, but I could take a decade’s worth of classes and I still wouldn’t understand the first page of those textbooks.
So, as I pace my name in the transfer portal, I am open to any school that has a good liberal arts degree track and something that doesn’t require me to use a calculator more advanced than the one that comes on my iPhone when I hold it vertically — because when I turn it sideways, that’s way too complicated for me.