Maye transferring to Miss. St, sends message to Clemson fans


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CLEMSON – Brandon Maye saw the chance he had been looking for and he took it.

Clemson’s redshirt junior linebacker will transfer to Mississippi State for his senior season. Maye is a three-year starter, and he told TigerNet Tuesday morning that he plans to enroll in MSU’s sports administration graduate program after completing his undergraduate degree in May at Clemson.

Because he is enrolling in a graduate program not offered at Clemson, Maye plans to petition the NCAA for a waiver that would allow him to play immediately at Mississippi State. The Bulldogs lost all three of its starting linebackers, so Maye would be a contributor right away.

Maye said he wanted to make it clear that he was not leaving Clemson because of problems with the coaching staff or with playing time - that the move was of a more personal nature.

“First thing was the academic standpoint,” Maye said. “Sports Administration is something I always wanted to get into. I also had a few personal issues back towards home, and it all played out and came together at Miss. St. Despite all of the different speculation as to why I left, that was pretty much the main reason.

“It all came down to the fact that I want to work with sports and younger guys. It wasn’t just about football. As far as football, though, I wanted to find a program on the upswing where I could compete for a starting job. I wanted to go somewhere and finish my career the right way. “

He said he looked at several different programs before deciding on Miss. St.

“I looked at a couple of SEC schools, and I looked at Texas A&M,” he said. “I had built a great relationship with Coach [head coach Dan] Mullen, defensive coordinator Chris Wilson and linebackers coach Geoff Collins. I think I can make an impact on their team, in the locker room and in the community. That was the biggest thing – I want to make an impact wherever I go. “

Maye said he leaves Clemson at peace with his decision.

“I wasn’t going to do it, but then I found a place close to home and it all just fell into place,” he said. “Miss. St. is three hours from the house, and I get a chance to work on what’s going on back home and work towards my future at the same time. There were no bridges burned. I talked to Coach Swinney and we are all on the same page. Clemson will always be my alma mater, and even if I get drafted, I will say I am from Clemson.”

He also said he had a final message to all Clemson fans.

“Thanks for the memories. Thanks for all of the memories and how good everyone has been to me and my family the last four years. I want to thank them for showing up for every game, win or lose. I am thankful for the support of the Clemson fans. There is no other family like the Clemson family, and there are no other fans like Clemson fans.”

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Maye transferring to Miss. St, sends message to Clemson fans
B-Meist®
Good for him!***
Graphic Tiger®
Re: Good for him!***
Splode
Re: Maye transferring to Miss. St, sends message to Clemson fans
Tiger Rag Fishing Team
You will be missed! Had a chance to meet your family at
toriaj
Does a "program on the upswing" mean that
ArmyRanger28®
I think he was going to transfer regardless ...
ClemKWA
that's the way I took it too
74TIGER
well that sucks for us***
Neal in NC®
100% class, not that I'm suprised or anything.
think2x
"Even if I get drafted, I will say I am from Clemson"
tigerdrummer®
That was a nice article about Brandon, one a Tiger
Save the Tiger
Thank you Brandon and good luck!***
gatecitytiger
Definitely sounds like a personal issue, not a problem with
AllOrange67
Best of luck at MSU and in your life to come.
CUTiger1989®
God speed, young man. You are a class act.***
nighthawk®
Re: God speed, young man. You are a class act.***
KoolAidJim
Re: Good player. Good kid.***
peanut
Thank you for your hard work and dedication BTW on 10/15/11
CUTigerDave
GOOD LUCK!!***
lfatboy®
Re: Maye transferring to Miss. St, sends message to Clemson fans
jlston57®
Re: Maye transferring to Miss. St, sends message to Clemson fans
tigered1®
Best of luck to him. Hope to see him in the NFL.***
leftneck
Good for him. Sounds like a good outcome and I hope
MDT1GER
My Brandon Maye story
Shorty
Re: My Brandon Maye story
KoolAidJim
Re: My Brandon Maye story
Tiger6n81
Brandon Maye is a class act. I'm proud that he will remain
Rowdyman
Re: Maye transferring to Miss. St, sends message to Clemson fans
squall1
Brandon, I had the fortune to meet your mother and...
KeoweeTiger76
And there is no other Brandon Maye. Maye, ur TOP NOTCH!***
CUTigerDstomp
Re: Maye transferring to Miss. St, sends message to Clemson fans
MS Tiger
Best of luck***
tigertrain
Easily one of the best articles I've ever read about a
El Swann®
Nice parting message to Clemson fans....
Francis Marion®
Good luck. I hope he starts, gets his masters, & goes NFL.
Razzmatazz
I have never been an MSU fan
1994CUTIGER®
Good luck and thanks for the memories!
tigerpaw68®
Re: Maye transferring to Miss. St, sends message to Clemson fans
Dave89
We should #### them over so he has to go to Ole ####.
Clemson13
Re: Maye transferring to Miss. St, sends message to Clemson fans
retired®
Very classy. Thanks for everything, Brandon. Wish you well***
RogerS®
Re: Maye transferring to Miss. St, sends message to Clemson fans
TigerFanClint
Best wishes! We will miss you and your smile, but will
CUfan75®
Re: Maye transferring to Miss. St, sends message to Clemson fans
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Dugatiger®
Re: Maye transferring to Miss. St, sends message to Clemson fans
sean79
God Speed
dago44

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