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It's true—former Stanford QB Nottingham intends to transfer to Columbia

Remember that rumor we told you about Brett Nottingham last week? Well, according to this article from The Bootleg—Scout.com's Stanford athletics blog—it turns out that rumor is true. Though Athletics cannot comment on potential recruits until they are admitted and a deposit is in due to Ivy League rules, Nottingham's word is confirmation that he plans on taking his talents to the Big Apple.

"I am excited to say I am in the process of applying to Columbia University," Nottingham said to The Bootleg. "Pending admissions, I plan on playing football for head coach Pete Mangurian and the Columbia Lions."

Per the same article, Nottingham was scheduled to major in Science, Technology, and Society at Stanford. It is currently unclear to which Columbia school Nottingham is applying, but he'd be eligible to play in 2013 irrespective of where he'd land, as he's transferring from a FBS to an FCS football program. Nottingham has finished all essays and applications, and will get a job and train while he's waiting to hear back from CU. If admitted, he would join Columbia football in the summer.

As for the famous "Why Columbia?" question, the quarterback gave The Bootleg this explanation.

"Once I decided to transfer, I did my research," Nottingham said. "Columbia is one of the world's premiere universities in one of the greatest cities in the world. Once I took a closer look at the Columbia football program, their offense, and once I spoke with coach Mangurian and [offensive coordinator Jamie] Elizondo, I knew Columbia was the perfect and natural fit for me."

If admitted, Nottingham should make an immediate impact throwing to wide receivers like Connor Nelligan, Chris Connors, and Isaiah Gross, which in turn should open up rushing lanes for running back Marcorus Garrett.

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UnionLeague posted on

Absolutely right.

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msimmons posted on

He actually was projected to take over at QB for Andrew Luck coming into the season, but was beat out for the job in training camp. He was also a very highly touted recruit in high school. From everything I've heard and read, he's no fifth-string scrub.

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Fan posted on

Can't wait to see him in Columbia Blue this fall!

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alum posted on

Detective makes a good point as an idiot. He must have a ghost writer.

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Literary Lion posted on

Dumbest comment I've read in a while. Made my day. Thanks.

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Defense posted on

He may have a point though...

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Literary Lion posted on

Do you really think there's any doubt he'll be accepted? Maybe if he was coming from State U. But this kid is coming from The Farm and promises to supercharge the Lion FB offense. He's as good as in.

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Anonymous posted on

He has to be accepted first. He is only applying as a transfer.

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Anonymous posted on

The threat of a strong passing game means opponents won't be able to spare backers as often, thus allowing even a half-decent O-line to create some gaps.

YOU don't know what the fuck you're talking about.

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CU posted on

Also, a strong passing game will force opposing safties to cover our WRs. Even further, I won't allow opposingLBs to focus solely on the run/rushing the QB, thus opening up more running lanes.

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msimmons posted on

The whole thing is a bit confusing, no worries. He was a junior this year at Stanford, but he is no longer a part of Stanford's football program, which is why he's technically "former."

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Interesting! posted on

When was that?

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Anon posted on

jw what year is he? the 'former' kinda confused me (sorry if i'm just being dumb here)

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Anonymous posted on

I just don't understand. Was he a fifth-string QB or something?

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Aditya posted on

Fun fact: Columbia once defeated Stanford in the Rose Bowl, 7-0.

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Anonymous posted on

That last sentence demonstrated that the author has no knowledge of football whatsoever.

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UnionLeague posted on

Great news, however, if the Organization doesn't put in place a lock down defense, this could end up a wasted effort. The problem for so long has not been that Columbia Football has been of amateurs, it's that Columbia Football has been amateurish.

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Anonymous posted on

He's no use without a decent offensive line and decent defense

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Anonymous posted on

Maybe Columbia will go to the Rose Bowl next year!

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Anonymous posted on

Went to the same high school as Brian Barbour on the basketball team!

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Detective Richard P. Cox (Dick the Dick) posted on

This comment has been deleted in line with our comment policy.

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Richard posted on

Let's not give him the job yet. He'll have to show the coaches in practice that he's the man, especially since the rising sophs have some familiarity with the system, other players.

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CU posted on

Awesome! A pro-style QB in Light Blue! Welcome to Morningside Heights.

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