Venric Mark to transfer from Northwestern

Senior running back Venric Mark has announced that he is leaving Northwestern University for personal reasons, with a desire to play football this season closer to family.

[ MORE: AP: Mark transferring from Northwestern ]

Mark, a Tomball, Texas, native, released the following statement:

“Northwestern has been an indescribable experience for me,” said Mark, who missed most of last season with a broken ankle and was awarded another year of eligibility. “It has been my home for four years, and has molded me into the man I am. I’m one class shy of the Northwestern degree I’ve worked so hard for, and I will graduate. I’m devastated to leave my second home, but life is full of challenges and I’ve been presented with another one. Right now this is what is best for me and my family.”

Slated to be the Wildcats’ starting running back this season, Mark was recently suspended for the first two games of the 2014 college football season for a violation of team policy.

“Today is a difficult day for our football family and, most importantly, for Venric,” said Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald. “We love him, and there is no doubt that we’re going to miss him as both a person and player. But this is unquestionably what is best for Venric and those closest to him.”

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John on 8/13/2014 @ 11:10pm EDT Said:

I think there is more to this story than meets the eye. Why would a good running back who will be NU’s starter this year wait until 2 weeks before the season starts to say he is transferring?

James on 8/14/2014 @ 12:02pm EDT Said:

Sorry to hear about this and I love Northwestern, but as an ND fan I like the idea of crushing Fitzgerald who has been sort of an over-confident big mouth and negative about the IRISH for many years.

Doug on 8/14/2014 @ 12:54pm EDT Said:

yes when the 2 game suspension was handed down he decided to transfer, hmmmm

steeler1nation on 8/14/2014 @ 1:02pm EDT Said:

Notre Dame is a JOKE.
Those cowards would go 6-6 at best if they were in the B1G.
Beetfaced Brian Kelly is a walking time bomb.
F Notre Lame.

Gurndogg on 8/14/2014 @ 1:52pm EDT Said:

Sorry James I think its just your jealous cause he has crushed yall before & your hoping to again an need this to weaken them for the game this year. Its funny you say that bout him when most ND fans are blowhards! An I’m not a NW fan tho I do like them & Fitz) plus I’m an OSU fan an as an fan I would love for ND to replace NC on our schedule so we could crush them again & again but I’m sure ND would be to scared as has been the SEC as Tenn. & Vandy have also canceled on us (DAMN). Good luck this season yall need it.
GO BUCK’s!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OH———