CINCINNATI - OCTOBER 30: Chazz Anderson #14 of the Cincinnati Bearcats throws a pass during the Big East Conference game against the Syracuse Orange at Nippert Stadium on October 30 2010 in Cincinnati Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Well this complicates what was anticipated to be a rather slow Friday night. News has broke that Chazz Anderson will be leaving the Cincinnati Bearcats Football program in search of more playing time. As with almost everything, I am of two minds on this. On the one hand Anderson is well respected guy who has unfortunatly be surpassed by a teammate, but has by all accounts remained a leader within the larger confines of the team. That basic description should be familiar to you, because that is the basic story of Dustin Grutza in 2008. Grutza took the circumstances in stride and finnished his term, he even made a couple of late, borderline heroic plays in the games against Louisville and Hawaii. I kind of assumed that Chazz would take the same path. On the other side of the coin I get his decision to leave. He has his degree in hand, realistically the only reason that he was on campus at UC was to play Football. It was becoming pretty obvious that Anderson wasn't going to be doing a lot of playing. I even moved him out of my Two Deep projection for the back up QB job in favor of Brendon Kay and/or Jordan Luallen. Even Munchie Legaux has a fighters chance at the back up job. When Butch Jones moved Anderson to receiver for the last week of spring practice it sent a clear message. That message was, roughly translated, "We are moving forward without you at QB. As a staff we respect you as a leader, and as a person, but we have no room for you in the program at this position." Anderson clearly got the message and made the decision to move on. I am a bit surprised that he would go to Division II ball rather than the more traditional 1-AA (fuck you NCAA) route. Anderson will wrap up his Bearcat career with 748 yards in total offense with 3 passing TD's and 2 rushing. I wish nothing but the best of luck to Chazz Anderson as he moves on with his carrer. In that spirit I want to send him off with some highlights of Anderson at the peak of his powers against Rutgers in 2008.