Prior to today, we haven’t seen the “Pat Signal” in a while and now we have it twice in a day.
In a move that has been in the works for nearly a week, USC transfer Max Browne has officially announced his intent to join the Pitt program.
Browne, who visited Pittsburgh over the weekend, will be a graduate transfer and will have one year of eligibility to play for Pitt. Browne plans on arriving in Pittsburgh and starting classes at Pitt in January.
“On paper, Pitt was a perfect fit for what I was looking for. After visiting, though, it really became more than just checking the boxes. The players, the entire coaching staff, and specifically coach Narduzzi were extremely impressive – people that I really see myself going to battle with in the fall,” said Brown
A former 5-star recruit, Browne (6-5, 220) started the first 3 games of this season for USC and then was benched by head coach Clay Helton. After the benching, Browne realized that he didn’t have a future with the Trojans and would look to transfer for his final year of eligibility.
Browne was much decorated high school from Sammamish, Washington. In three years as a starter, he threw for nearly 13,000 yards, completed 70% of his passes and threw 146 TD’s. In 2012, Browne was named the Gatorade National Football Player of the Year and eventually selected USC over Alabama and Washington.
The big story the last couple days has been the departure of Coach Canada but that didn’t make Browne hesitate.
“With regard to coach Canada, his departure meant for me that I had to be rock-solid in my trust with coach Narduzzi, that he will be able to make another great hire at OC. I fully believe coach Narduzzi will make a great hire, and could not be more excited to join the squad in January,” said Browne.
With Pitt expecting to be contenders in the ACC again in 2017, this move makes a lot of sense as opposed to throwing a lot of responsibility and pressure on the shoulders of redshirt freshman Thomas MacVittie. This isn’t to say that MacVittie couldn’t handle it but it makes more sense for everyone to bring in some experience.
Assuming he wins the job in camp, Browne will be taking over for another transfer, Nate Peterman, who came to Pitt from Tennessee.
The addition of Browne likely leaves Pitt with an extra quarterback. The odd man out is likely Bo Schneider, who transferred here last year from Central Florida. I would expect Schneider to be a serious candidate to transfer.