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Andrew Buie has withdrawn from WVU, though coach Dana Holgorsen said the running back plans to re-enroll in January.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Speculation about Andrew Buie’s transfer bubbled up from the moment West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen announced Tuesday the junior back would redshirt this season.

By Thursday, Buie had withdrawn from the university, according to a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette report, seemingly clearing his path to enroll at another school and become eligible for the 2014 season.

Holgorsen, however, said during Thursday night’s radio call-in show that Buie planned to re-enroll at WVU in January.

Buie led the Mountaineers with 851 yards rushing last season, moving into a starting role after Shawne Alston missed more than a month with a thigh bruise. He also led WVU’s running backs with 28 catches for 318 yards.

This week’s preseason depth chart showed Buie omitted from the top four running backs, having fallen behind senior transfer Charles Sims, freshman Wendell Smallwood, junior college signee Dreamius Smith and junior Dustin Garrison. And with Pitt transfer Rushel Shell becoming eligible next season, Buie’s path to playing time with the Mountaineers doesn’t appear any less crowded in 2014.

Efforts to reach Buie and sources in his hometown of Jacksonville, Fla., were unsuccessful Thursday.

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  • Mountaineer fanatic

    Maybe he can play in a Jr. College and get better. Best of luck, what ever you do.

    • CaptainQ


  • lee arthur

    He's not a difference maker , so no big loss.

  • BigDave

    I hate to see anyone transfer, but at least it says WVU is very talented at the running back position.

  • Hilltopsandy

    I'll never forget that run Buie made against Clemson when the defender thought he was down, but Buie never gave up on the play.

    • Rob

      Cool story bro

  • ron "from morgantown"

    Seems obvious Ford Childress would be the next to announce before the week is out , but he is rooming with Trickett and all sighs point to him staying , at least for this year.

    • Ben

      No way Ford transfers. I bet the farm that Dana has already told him to be patient and he'll get his shot. He would be crazy to miss out on this offense if he wants a shot at the league.

    • Grant

      I don't get the speculation about Ford transferring. Clint and Paul are gone after 2014, so Ford could potentially start two years after that. If he transfers to another D1, he couldn't play until 2015 anyway.

      • steve

        Extremely good point Grant. why would he transfer if hes staying this year because he will more then likely be starter on 2015 which will be the first chance for him to start elsewhere unless he goes down a division.

  • RogerD

    Good luck, Andrew, in whatever you and wherever you go. I will always remember that play you made against Clemson in the bowl game.

  • Pat

    Stay tough. Once a mountaineer always a mountaineer.

  • Okey Robinson

    How could he go home for a semester, come back in the spring, and be eligible ?

    • KDubV

      9 credit hours of on line classes.

  • William

    No brainer! From STARTER to not even on depth chart. Remember what Holgerson said, NO LEADERSHIP ON LAST YEARS TEAM!

    • hailey

      If it was a "no brainer" no wonder you understood the story. What a pea brain .. Willie = troll

  • CaptainQ

    Sad end to this story.

    I don't think he'll be back.

  • Maxxajay

    As the way it looks, maybe Buie would be number five next year if he comes back...Good luck ..Got to get the program to reload every year, I understand these young man do not want to set out a year or two, that Is the way Alabama ,Oklahoma ,Michigan ,Florida teams do always reload . That is what all true WVU fans want to see here reload not rebuilt...Holgorsen I believe is trying to do that here.

  • big tom

    he'll never play another down for wvu..

    • Truthteller

      Looks like you have been proven wrong as usual Larry the singing Canary.

    • Big Larry

      When the story first broke a few days ago I stated that Buie was gone and everyone laughed me to scorn. Who is laughing now? Ford Childress is next.

  • Pudge

    Tough spot to be in. I feel for the kid.

    • Rob

      I don't...

  • WVWho

    Too many rbs on the depth chart to mess around on and off the field and not handle business.

  • jay

    That's crappy,I bought one if the new jerseys with his name and number on it.Dang it!!!