LSU Football: TJ Finley wants to stay in the SEC

LSU Football QB TJ Finley Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
LSU Football QB TJ Finley Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports /

LSU football sophomore quarterback TJ Finley entered the NCAA transfer portal on Wednesday according to multiple reports.

On Thursday, Finley spoke with The Jordy Culotta Show about his decision to enter the transfer portal.

“It was just too many guys in our room that could play immediately, and somebody had to make the decision which one out of the three — me, Max and Myles — which was going to stay and who was gonna leave and that nature,” said Finley.

The Louisiana native said he felt like he needed to transfer during the summer months, so he could have time to gel with his new team before the start of the 2021 season.

TJ Finley would prefer to stay in the SEC

Finley would prefer to play in the SEC in 2021, but it will depend on whether or not the league decides to allow intraconference transfers to play immediately.

“If I can go to another SEC school, I think that will help me in the NFL draft when a coach is looking at my stats,” explained Finley.

Finley would like to commit in the next two weeks, but that timetable could be up in the air depending on when the SEC makes a decision on the transfer rule.

SEC commissioner Greg Sankey told Paul Finebaum on Wednesday that a decision could come in the next few weeks.

“We have some who are ready to take it away and others who say, ‘Leave it just as is. In fact, don’t grant any waivers’, then, a whole bunch of our universities are in the middle,” said Sankey (via 247Sports). “They’re going to make the decision between now and the end of May, early June.”

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Finley will have plenty of suitors (he said he had over 200 text messages yesterday). And while I’m sure Ed Orgeron wants the best for the soon-to-be-former Tigers quarterback, I imagine he’d prefer to see Finley outside of the SEC.