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Former West Virginia quarterback Ford Childress has enrolled at Trinity Valley (Texas) Community College.


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Quarterback Ford Childress, who withdrew from West Virginia last week, has enrolled at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas, about a three-hour drive from his hometown of Houston.

The 6-foot-5 Childress, reportedly suspended by coach Dana Holgorsen before leaving WVU, is a rising sophomore who could parlay a productive season at Trinity Valley into a chance to play at another four-year program.

“He is here and enrolled in classes and we are excited to have him,” Trinity Valley coach Brad Smiley confirmed Thursday.

As of Thursday night, West Virginia’s athletics department had yet to issue a public statement verifying or explaining the departure of Childress.

Trinity Valley finished 10-2 last season, won its conference title and ranked No. 5 in the final NJCAA national poll. The Cardinals also romped over Mesa 72-23 in the Heart of Texas Bowl, registering the second-highest point total in junior college bowl history.

“We were top-there in the nation in total yards, passing yards, completions—for a quarterback that’s going to be pretty attractive,” Smiley said. “If a guy wants to throw the rock in Texas and play in an uptempo offense, we’re going to be the school.”

Trinity Valley sent 19 players to Division I in 2013 and 16 the previous year.

“We’ve led the country the last two years in D-I signees, and the first thing players who come to junior college want to know is who’s got the connections to get me out,” Smiley said.

Childress was a three-star prospect coming out of The Kincaid School in 2012, ultimately choosing West Virginia over offers from Arizona and Arizona State. After enrolling early he was charged with a DUI in April 2012 and wound up utilizing a redshirt season. Last fall, Childress initially was passed over for the starting job before replacing Paul Millard as the starter in Week 3.

He led WVU to a 41-7 win against Georgia State, but was ineffective in the following week’s 37-0 loss at Maryland. It was revealed after the loss that Childress played through a torn pectoral muscle in the game—an injury that sidelined him the rest of the season.

His passing totals were 36-of-63 for 421 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions.

“He’s already burned his redshirt, so why sit out when he can come in here and develop as a player?” Smiley said. “He’ll be here for spring practice, play next season and then go sign with somebody.”

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  • Bob

    Rich Rod would bring in 6 quartebacks some years some offers and some walk ons, and let them decide who wanted it the most the others either played receiver or D back even he didnt pick Pat White at first, Pat got in on an injury and stayed, who knows till ya play em right Doug Flutie ?

  • tw eagle

    fords daddy is a legend in texas football lore . . .A&M and pro . . . not getting a call at one of the prestigious Texas schools should have been a sign that he lacked "the right stuff " . . . daddy can only pave the road , ford needs to "drive" , rather than hope the car makes it to the finish line . . . wake up son , you're entering the make or break time in your quest to be a "big time" QB. . .

  • Jerry

    Ford might have made a decent tight end with his size. But not that good at the QB spot in D-1. Good Luck at Trinity.

  • J the C

    I agree with everyone wishing him good luck. With his injury, he never got a chance.

  • Ike

    JUCO may be a good place for Ford. His talent level at this point, is better suited. Maybe he will get better playing at that level. Time will tell. Sounds like academics will get a chance to catch up too. Hope you enjoyed your stay in WV. Good Luck

  • Uncle Unctuous

    He was my favorite Ford since the Festiva.

  • joe

    good 4 him i would leave 2 if i had dana as a coach,if that is what he is lol.....

    • Troll

      Hard to know what a coach is when you've never been coached, oh I forgot about your couch potato coach.

  • John

    For all the people that rip on a young man who has made some mistakes, I hope those people don't have kids that screw up and have a bunch of people hiding behind an e-mail taking pot shots at them. I wish him nothing but good luck and hope he finds what he needs and is looking for.

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  • squad

    something about it kind of haunts me. doesn't seem to me that he ever really got the chance in games. he was the one we were counting on in the future and you have to wonder what happened. did he have a crap work ethic?? I know the md game was a complete disaster but it seems as it stands now we either completely whiffed on him or for some reason he didn't rise to the top at wvu. any of those 3 had ample opportunity to take the job and have it but no one could really do the trick. I hope he does blossom into a talent and if he does, he doesn't play in the B12 again.


    I feel sorry for you WV fans !

  • Checker Spell

    The offensive and QB guru has run off another QB. The only QB's that are willing to play for this Idiot Holgorsen are the desparate ones looking for a D-1 scholarship. Look at Millard and this JUCO QB coming in. How many D-1 scholarship offers coming out of HS did they hold? Only one, WVU.
    Holgorsen is a hack.

    • squad

      yeah no one wants to be another geno or weedon.??!!???. huh....

      • Mr. Clean

        Yeah, like QB's are lining up to come to WVU. No QB worth his salt wants to come play for Holgorsen. He's a maniac coach on the sidelines. Ranting, raving, foaming at the mouth, and throwing the headphones. An embarrassment.

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  • justin

    good luck ford. too bad you couldnt get it together to be a division 1 qb..

  • Crystal

    I wish him the best of luck! WVU is not for everyone.

    • Capt Obvious

      Great answer. If you don't like your situation, cut and run despite all the state has given to him for free while he was here and he can't earn nine friggin credits to do his part?

      He owes us nothing. Walk away boy!

      • Mountain Man

        Well said. Good bye loser!

  • Capt Obvious

    Has that JUCO seen the Maryland tape?