Freshman Greg headed to Miami

Updated: August 26, 2003, 3:11 PM ET
Associated Press

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Freshman tight end Greg Olsen has followed the lead of brother Chris, a sophomore quarterback, and left the Notre Dame football team.

Greg Olsen decided to transfer to Miami after Chris transferred to Virginia, the players' father, Chris Sr., said Monday evening.

"When Chris left, it got Greg's head spinning a little bit,'' the father said. "He thought about it over the weekend and said, 'Dad, I don't think I want to spend the next four or five years here.'''

Notre Dame coach Tyrone Willingham said he could not comment on Greg Olsen until there is an official announcement. He did say he was disappointed Chris Olsen had left.

"In Chris I think we had a good quarterback who was doing some good things in our system. It's unfortunate he is gone,'' Willingham said.

The elder Olsen said Greg was torn as a high school senior when making a decision of where to go to school, and Chris being at Notre Dame was the deciding factor.

"When Chris chose to leave Notre Dame, I agreed with why he was leaving. When it came down to it, I knew it was my time to do something that felt right for me, and that was transferring to Miami,'' Greg told the Herald News of West Paterson, N.J., on Monday. "I loved Miami when I was there on my official visit, and if Chris was not in the recruiting picture at all, I would've ended up in Miami in the first place.''

Greg, who is 6-foot-6, 245 pounds, called Willingham Sunday night and met with him Monday morning, his father said. He plans to enroll at Miami later this week, his father said.

Chris Olsen enrolled Monday at Virginia so he would be eligible to play for the Cavaliers next year, his father said. Chris just did not feel comfortable at Notre Dame, Chris Sr. said.

"For my future as a quarterback, I think I'm better served being at Virginia,'' the quarterback told the Herald News, for Monday's editions.

"I left because I felt like I was possibly not the guy they were looking for in the future, and I respect that,'' he said.

Offensive coordinator Bill Diedrick said Olsen was the No. 2 quarterback before leaving. Notre Dame is left with three quarterbacks: returning starter Carlyle Holiday; Pat Dillingham, a former walk-on who earned a scholarship last year; and freshman Brady Quinn. Diedrick said he would like to have four quarterbacks.

"That's probably the biggest disappointment,'' he said.

Diedrick was not ready to name a No. 2 quarterback.

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