Report: West Virginia Likely To Fight Will Grier’s Suspension

    West Virginia will likely fight Will Grier's suspension now that the former Florida quarterback has decided to transfer to the Mountaineers.

    April 6, 2016

    West Virginia will likely fight Will Grier’s suspension now that the former Florida quarterback has decided to transfer to the Mountaineers.


    Will Grier is a Mountaineer.

    It may sound strange, but that’s what the future holds for the former Gators quarterback after he decided to transfer from Florida to West Virginia, according to ESPN’s Travis Haney.

    Haney later tweeted the Mountaineers will likely appeal the suspension. The Gators also appealed but failed. Grier announced his intention to transfer in December. 

    It was reported Grier’s decision to leave the Gators was because Jim McElwain and his staff wouldn’t guarantee Grier would be the starter when he returned from the suspension.

    If West Virginia appeals and wins, Grier would still have to sit out the 2016 season and lose a year of eligibility due to NCAA transfer rules — making him a redshirt junior in 2017.

    A failed appeal would postpone Grier’s return until the middle of the 2017 season. He would still return as a redshirt junior.

    The NCAA suspended Grier for a calendar year following a positive test for a performance-enhancing substance found in an over-the-counter supplement.

    With six quarterbacks on its roster, West Virginia’s only upperclassmen at the position is Skyler Howard.

    Barring quarterbacks added via recruiting, Grier’s competition would look like this: redshirt sophomores William Crest Jr. and Austin Hensley, redshirt freshman Chris Chugunov, sophomore David Sills and freshman Cody Saunders.

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