Chauncey Scissum, a defensive back for Syracuse University, has decided to transfer schools for the following season. As a graduate transfer, Scissum will be eligible to play right away and will not be forced to sit out a season should he decide to use his remaining year of eligibility.
Scissum was in the news earlier this year when he was one of two players stabbed repeatedly while at a party.
The assailant was a teammate, Naesean Howard, who was disgruntled following his dismissal from the team. Howard claimed that the two other defensive back’s were “jealous” of him.
And so, following a season that saw a drop off from his 2015 season, Scissum has decided to seek greener pastures elsewhere.
How much of this is a result of the stabbing is questionable. Syracuse has been experiencing turnover on its coaching staff, and Scissum might be looking to play in a scheme he is more comfortable with.
He posted word of his decision to transfer on his Instagram:
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I am truly grateful for my four years at Syracuse University. I have been able to study at a prestigious institution while also being a member of the Syracuse Football team. My experiences on, and off the field, have enabled me to grow and have opened many opportunities for me. However, it is time for me to move on and begin a new chapter in my life. I have been granted my release and will seek transfer for my fifth year of eligibility. This decision was not an easy one. I had to make a tough decision for betterment of self. I am extremely thankful for my family and their continued motivation and support. Additionally, I have made brothers for life and I am appreciative for all I have learned and the relationships I have built during my time at Syracuse. I want to thank Syracuse University, Syracuse Football, and the surrounding community for the memories and impact they have made on my life. I will forever bleed Orange! To my brothers, continue to play hard, challenge yourself, and represent Orange Nation.
The other player involved in the stabbing, Corey Winfield, has also transferred away from the university.