NEW: Bruggman says WSU 'wasn't right fit'

IT WASN’T A decision that Tyler Bruggman was hoping to make. But, on Thursday afternoon, the redshirt freshman quarterback informed head man Mike Leach that he won’t don a Cougar uniform in 2014. So why did the signal caller leave Pullman? He spoke with CF.C about his decision on Monday afternoon.

Bruggman has left Pullman and is back at home with his family in Phoenix. The former four-star prospect, who arrived to Washington State last summer, told CF.C there were several reasons why he felt it was time for him to make a move.

Playing time and competition, he said, certainly wasn’t one of them.

“I made the decision on Thursday,” Bruggman said. “You know, I just don’t know if it was a great fit for me. I know some people have talked about playing time and what not, but that’s not the case at all. Obviously playing time isn’t guaranteed anywhere and right now it’s probably more favorable at Washington State than other places."

Bruggman declined to go into detail, simply reiterating that it wasn't the right fit.

“In the end I think it just wasn’t a great fit, but I had a great experience at Washington State and I have a lot of respect for the coaches, players, fans and all the people up there. I wish the Cougs nothing but the best.”

BREAKING THE NEWS to Leach, members of the staff and his teammates wasn’t easy, the 6-1, 200-pounded added.

“We talked about it for a little bit and not a whole lot was said,” Bruggman said of his conversation with Leach. “It wasn’t easy on me. It wasn’t a conversation I was planning on having.

“With my teammates, that was probably the toughest part of this. Leaving them is hard. They respected my decision and support my decision. They know I have to do what’s best for me. I’ll be watching them closely and pulling for them 100 percent.”

With WSU’s fall camp set to start next month, Bruggman was expected to go head-to-head with signal caller Luke Falk for the backup quarterback spot. Redshirt senior Connor Halliday figures to be the Cougs’ starting quarterback heading into their week one showdown with Rutgers on Aug. 28.

NOW THAT HE’S no longer in Pullman, Bruggman reenters the recruitment process in trying to find his new home for the 2014 season. Bruggman, who will have to sit out the year because of NCAA transfer rules, has been released to Arkansas, Duke, Indiana or Louisville.

“It’s looking like one of those four schools,” Bruggman said. “Those are the schools and staffs that recruited me out of high school outside of the Pac-12, so I feel somewhat of a relationship with those programs. I think it’s just a matter of talking with them again and sorting through the details.

Bruggman added that he’s hoping to make his decision by the end of the week.

“I’ve had the most contact with Louisville. I spoke with them on Saturday and will be talking with them again later today.

“If I had to guess I’d say I’ll probably end up at Louisville. Nothing is set in stone yet, though, and I’ll be figuring out more as we go.”

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