The morning after quarterback Shane Fortney left the University of Washington, he explained he made his decision based on his discouragement with the football program and his dream of starting as a senior.
“I wasn’t happy at Washington and I didn’t like the way I was treated there,” Fortney said. “I want to go someplace were I know for sure I will get a chance to compete for a starting job.”
Fortney earned the top spot last season over sophomore Brock Huard, only to lose the position when he injured his knee in the season’s second game.
He says he will choose a new school this month, then move on. Fortney is eligible to play next fall at any institution classified lower than Division I.
Northwestern will host Oklahoma in the Pigskin Classic, the opening game of the college football season.
The game will be played Saturday, Aug. 23, at 67,000-seat Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears. Syracuse and Wisconsin will meet the following day in the Kickoff Classic at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
Two-time defending Big Ten Conference champion Northwestern went 9-3 last season, sharing the conference crown with Ohio State.
The Sooners finished 3-8 last year, although they did upset Big 12 champion Texas 30-27 in overtime.
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