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Gateway graduate leaves North Carolina for Pitt

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Former Gateway wide receiver Brendon Felder said he has left the University of North Carolina and will return home to help care for his ailing grandparents and enroll at Pitt.

"They are very important to me in my life," Felder said Tuesday night while waiting to board an airplane for Pittsburgh. "My grandmother would take care of me when I was little and being close to home will enable me to focus (on college)."

Felder, 6-foot-0, 180 pounds, was redshirted last year during his freshman season at North Carolina. He said it was difficult to leave.

"I teared up a lot today," he said of saying goodbye to his friends. "It was an emotional day. North Carolina was a place I grew to love."

Felder said he will petition the NCAA for immediate eligibility because he is transferring for family reasons.

"It has nothing to do with football," he said.




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