McCourtie leaves Washington

Dan McCourtie is no longer a Husky. Today the 6-2, 230-pound fullback from Othello, Washington decided to make the announcement that he will not be returning to Seattle this fall. reached Dan at his parents' house to get his thoughts on leaving school and his prospects for the future.

"It was a bunch of things," Dan told "I need some time to reassess things. I got burned out going to school, playing football and all that. My grades were pretty low and I realized I just couldn't do it all at once."

Dan will take a little time off and then enroll at a community college to boost his GPA. "Big Bend is in Moses Lake, but CBC (Columbia Basin College) is probably a better school," McCourtie said. "I want to just go to school for a couple of quarters without playing football, get my GPA up to around a 3 and then resume my career, hopefully in the Pac-10. Oregon and Oregon State have already contacted me. I feel I can play at that level."

One thing that was frustrating for Dan was a lack of playing time. "Going in, the coaches made it sound like I could be in the two-deeps, but in reality I was more like in the 4-deeps or 5-deeps," he said. "I always wanted to get a shot at linebacker, but they are loaded there at Washington, so that wasn't going to happen. I found out playing fullback in college isn't a lot of fun."

We wish Dan the best of luck in his future endeavors. Top Stories