The majority of student-athletes choose to come to the University of Texas to play college sports at the highest level for four years.
A few enter expecting to move on to play professionally after one, two or three years. And a handful end up transferring to a different university to pursue their athletic endeavors elsewhere.
Varez Ward became the most recent now-former Longhorn to follow a path to another university as he is expected to choose Auburn University as his new school.
Ward would have been entering his redshirt sophomore season for the Longhorns this year after having to sit out nearly all of last season because of injury.
While reports have come out that Ward’s decision may be related to him wanting to be closer to his ill mother in Montgomery, Ala., he may have also realized his playing time at Texas would decrease and hurt his chances to get further exposure.
Ward would have been competing with Dogus Balbay, J’Covan Brown, Jai Lucas, Jordan Hamilton and freshman Corey Joseph for playing time.
Because of specific NCAA regulations, Ward would have to sit out a year before being able to take the court for the Tigers. But once he is able to don a different shade of orange, he should make a splash in a program that has struggled to get out of the cellar of the SEC.