It’s another swing and a miss for Illinois on the transfer market.
Earlier this year, USC quarterback Matt Fink entered the transfer portal and was exploring other potential opportunities outside of Los Angeles. At one time, it was rumored that the Trojans gunslinger had committed to Illinois and would be a much-needed piece to the Illini offense.
Fink denied those rumors, though, saying he hadn’t decided to transfer anywhere. Now, in early June, the quarterback has decided to stay put.
On Thursday, Fink posted a message to his Instagram account, saying he plans to stay with USC. Thanks to NCAA rules, players can enter the transfer portal but still have the option to return to their previous school, if it’s in their best interest.
“Thank you to all the coaches that have reached out to me and gave me an opportunity to continue my career elsewhere,” wrote Fink on Instagram, “but after a long month of soul searching, I have decided that my football future will continue here at USC with this special ‘Band of Brothers’.”
With Fink making the decision to remain in Los Angeles, the Illini are still lacking depth at the quarterback position and trying to find the missing piece on the transfer market. Earlier this offseason, Illinois was in the running to land former Penn State quarterback Tommy Stevens, but the ex-Nittany Lion committed to Mississippi State instead.
Illinois did host former Michigan quarterback Brandon Peters, who plans to leave the Wolverines to pursue other opportunities. Peters has not yet made a decision on his future.a