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Getsy uncertain about future

| Saturday, Aug. 28, 2004

Luke Getsy is uncertain about his future at Pitt after losing the starting quarterback job to fellow redshirt sophomore Tyler Palko.

Getsy said Friday that he loves everything about Pitt, but also pointed out that he has "options." He also realizes that he faces the possibility of playing out his career as a back-up.

"I'm just going to think about it," said Getsy, a Steel Valley High grad who played in six games last season while Palko took a redshirt. "I'll weigh it out and see what goes on. As long as I'm here, I'm going to bust my (behind) for this team because you never know what will happen."

If Getsy opts to transfer to another Division I-A school, he must do so by the 12th day of that institution's semester to gain admission. He would then be eligible to play in 2005.

If he waits longer than the 12 days, he won't gain admission until the winter semester, forcing him to sit out the 2004 and 2005 seasons.

Players who transfer from one NCAA Division I-A institution to another must sit out two full semesters, which is why it is so important to enroll before the 12-day mark of the fall term. Three years ago, tailback Brandon Miree played three games for Alabama before transferring to Pitt on the 12th day of the semester, thereby saving his eligibility for the following season.

Akron, which is coached by former Pitt offensive coordinator J.D. Brookhart, could be an option for Getsy. The first day of classes at Akron is Monday. That would allow Getsy to play two games for Pitt -- South Florida and Ohio -- before making a decision.

"I'm not sure about all that; I don't know the rules," Getsy said. "I don't know how quickly I have to act."

Palko came to Pitt with all the accolades after a stellar career at West Allegheny, while Getsy came in under the radar. But when their competition heated up, Getsy proved worthy of consideration for the starting job.

Harris said breaking the news to Getsy was the most difficult thing he's done. He also said he hopes Getsy "hangs in there with it," leading one to believe that even Harris is concerned about a potential transfer.

"It's been difficult, no doubt," Getsy said. "I wanted to get my chance on the field and the time's not right. I'm not going to live in regret and think that I didn't bust my (behind) for this team because I did. But things happen for a reason, and I just gotta find that reason."

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