Former Texas Tech QB Jett Duffey is once again left to find a new home after reportedly being denied by Central Michigan University’s admissions department, per tweet by Central Michigan Life’s Evan Petzold on Thursday afternoon.
A university source confirmed to Central Michigan Life that Duffey’s application had been rejected earlier Thursday afternoon. Duffey had previously committed to Tulane, but was rejected for academic reasons, per NOLA.com.
Duffey committed to Tulane on Jan. 9, then re-entered the portal on Jan. 11 before committing to CMU on Jan. 18.
If elilgible, Duffey would have competed with Daniel Richardson and David Moore for the starting quarterback position in camps. Over his career at Texas Tech, he threw for 2,840 yards, 19 touchdowns and five interceptions, while also adding 72 rushes for 212 yards and a touchdown rushing.
During his tenure at Texas Tech, Duffey ran into suspensions twice in two years; once for a Title IX violation regarding multiple accounts of non-consentual sexual acts in 2017, and again in 2018 for an arrest on criminal mischief charges after disturbing the peace at n apartment complex.
Per Central Michigan Life’s report on Thursday evening, Duffey had a previously unreported Title IX violation in 2019. This Title IX violation, nearly identical to the first violation for which he was suspended for in 2017, was settled in mediation and therefore did not earn him a third suspension from Texas Tech.
CMU athletic director Michael Alford and head coach Jim McElwain declined to comment on Duffey due to NCAA rules, per Central Michigan Life.
A former three-star recruit in the class of 2016, Duffey was considered the 14th best dual-threat quarterback prospect in the country, also ranking in the Top 100 overall prospects in Texas and Top 500 in the country (468) at the time of his commitment. He held offers from Air Force and Nevada before committing to Texas Tech.
CMU currently has three rostered quarterbacks on the 2020 football roster in Richardson, Moore and George Pearson, with two more expected to arrive in the latest recruiting class in JUCO transfer John Keller and high schooler Tyler Pape.
Duffey is expected to enter the transfer portal once again. If he decides to continue his football career, he will be immediately eligible regardless of program affiliation as a graduate transfer.
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information is available.
Updated at 5:00 p.m. to reflect new information regarding unreported Title IX violation, as reported by Evan Petzold of Central Michigan Life.