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Vernon Adams didn't graduate from Eastern Washington in spring quarter

Oregon was expecting Eastern Washington's Vernon Adams to compete for the starting QB position this fall, but that may no longer be the case.

Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE (10:40am): Per Bruce Feldman, Adams is still finishing up a math class, which has been known for some time. He expects to be done in the next "week or so".

But Andrew Greif notes that EWU's summer quarter ends on August 14th, while Oregon's fall camp starts on August 10th, which means Adams might not be available at the start of fall camp, even if the transfer comes through.


The Oregon QB position has been the main question throughout the spring and fall with Marcus Mariota moving to the NFL. Though last year's backup Jeff Lockie had a great spring game, many fans expected Eastern Washington's (and Big Sky Offensive Player of the Year) Vernon Adams to transfer to Oregon using the graduate transfer rule and take hold of the starting spot.

One problem with that, you need to graduate. According to Andrew Greif of the Oregonian, that wasn't the case. Adams did not meet graduate requirements and is not listed on the graduation roster.

EWU's graduation roster "reflects students who have earned their degree as of the spring quarter, 2015 at EWU," wrote an EWU spokesman by email. "Students who have not earned their diploma are not on the list."

At this time, how this impacts Adams' ability to transfer is not fully known. This is obviously not great news, but Adams had admitted he needed to pass one final math class before graduating this spring. He may still be able to make up the last of that coursework and graduate in time to enroll for fall camp. As noted a few days ago, Adams has been admitted to the University of Oregon.

As Grief noted on twitter, this doesn't mean Adams won't be at Oregon in the fall, but it does cut things very close if it does work out.

We'll have more information as it comes available.


UPDATE (12:15pm): Greif on twitter explaining why this IS a story, and something to keep an eye on.