SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Freshman tight end Greg Olsen has followed the lead of brother Chris, a sophomore quarterback, and left the Notre Dame football team.
Greg Olsen decided to transfer to Miami after Chris transferred
to Virginia, the players' father, Chris Sr., said Monday evening.
"When Chris left, it got Greg's head spinning a little bit,''
the father said. "He thought about it over the weekend and said,
'Dad, I don't think I want to spend the next four or five years
Notre Dame coach Tyrone Willingham said he could not comment on Greg Olsen until there is an official announcement. He did say he
was disappointed Chris Olsen had left.
"In Chris I think we had a good quarterback who was doing some
good things in our system. It's unfortunate he is gone,''
The elder Olsen said Greg was torn as a high school senior when
making a decision of where to go to school, and Chris being at
Notre Dame was the deciding factor.
"When Chris chose to leave Notre Dame, I agreed with why he was
leaving. When it came down to it, I knew it was my time to do
something that felt right for me, and that was transferring to
Miami,'' Greg told the Herald News of West Paterson, N.J., on
Monday. "I loved Miami when I was there on my official visit, and
if Chris was not in the recruiting picture at all, I would've ended
up in Miami in the first place.''
Greg, who is 6-foot-6, 245 pounds, called Willingham Sunday
night and met with him Monday morning, his father said. He plans to
enroll at Miami later this week, his father said.
Chris Olsen enrolled Monday at Virginia so he would be eligible
to play for the Cavaliers next year, his father said. Chris just
did not feel comfortable at Notre Dame, Chris Sr. said.
"For my future as a quarterback, I think I'm better served
being at Virginia,'' the quarterback told the Herald News, for
"I left because I felt like I was possibly not the guy they
were looking for in the future, and I respect that,'' he said.
Offensive coordinator Bill Diedrick said Olsen was the No. 2
quarterback before leaving. Notre Dame is left with three
quarterbacks: returning starter Carlyle Holiday; Pat Dillingham, a
former walk-on who earned a scholarship last year; and freshman
Brady Quinn. Diedrick said he would like to have four quarterbacks.
"That's probably the biggest disappointment,'' he said.
Diedrick was not ready to name a No. 2 quarterback.