SMU's Bartel to transfer

Updated: October 20, 2003, 7:05 PM ET

DALLAS -- Southern Methodist starting quarterback Richard Bartel is no longer with the team and will transfer at the end of the semester, coach Phil Bennett said Monday.

Monday's announcement by the school comes two days after the Mustangs (0-7) lost to Boise State, 45-3. It was the first time this season that SMU did not score a touchdown.

After the game, Bennett said Bartel would be benched for the rest of the season and replaced with freshman Chris Phillips.

Bartel started all but one game this season for SMU. He was 68-of-151 with 693 yards, nine interceptions and four touchdowns.

Bennett had high hopes for the sophomore after he doubled the team's offensive output after starting the last five games in 2002.

"I was hoping to get maturity out of that position, it just hasn't come," Bennett said. "We have been non-threatening on offense, to say that I am pleased is not right."

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