Monday night, D’Eriq King entered the transfer portal. He is now allowed to talk to any school about a possible transfer and will be able to leave and not sit out a year.
King graduated in December.
GoCoogs has three new pieces of info that we can reveal tonight.
1. King was enrolled in post-bac courses for the spring semester but all of them were online-only. Therefore, he did not attend a class today and can transfer and be eligible for spring football. Some signs point to Miami as a possible destination.
2. On Sunday, King left the players’ “group text” that he led and assigned another player to lead it. No explanation was given.
Since the day the redshirt was announced, King has maintained that he intended to stay with the program through the 2020 season. Initially, though, his comments to Mark Berman on September 23rd suggested he would leave after the fall semester.
His father, Eric King, said the same thing.
At the ‘redshirt press conference’ the next day, D’Eriq said that it was “fake news” to suggest that his dad insisted he was leaving and that his “words might have gotten twisted up.”
3. Now that King has decided to leave, GoCoogs can reveal information we’ve known since that time: the “plan” to redshirt King did not originate with Dana Holgorsen nor was it first discussed on the day after the Tulane game. The plan originated with Eric King himself.
According to two sources, Eric King contacted UH AD Chris Pezman in the days before the Tulane game to inform him that if UH lost to Tulane, D’Eriq would “shut it down” and redshirt the rest of the season. One of our sources insisted we not release the info unless King decided to enter the portal.
The stunning, last-second loss to Tulane dropped the UH record to 1-3. When the redshirt plan was revealed, Holgorsen said he met with D’Eriq the day after Tulane to discuss redshirting and that he came up with the plan himself.