LSU Football: How TJ Finley took the high road exiting Baton Rouge

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LSU football‘s roster depth took a hit in early May when sophomore quarterback TJ Finley entered the transfer portal.

Finley entering the portal didn’t come as surprise, as it was unlikely he would be the Tigers’ starting quarterback in 2021.

The Louisiana native doesn’t want to spend the next couple of years sitting on the bench at LSU. That’s understandable because Finley is way too talented to not be starting somewhere in the SEC.

While Finley won’t be wearing purple and gold anymore, he’s still a player that should be viewed as a fan favorite among LSU fans.

TJ Finley avoids controversy

Finley’s decision to hit the portal wasn’t easy. He didn’t leave because he was unhappy — Finley left because it was the right business decision.

There are no hard feelings between LSU and Finley. In fact, Finley had nothing bad to say about the Tigers and the coaching staff in a recent interview with Brody Miller.

Finley had the opportunity to throw some negative things out there in his interview with Miller, but he refrained.

“There’s a lot of stuff that went on behind closed doors that I don’t want to throw out to the media,” said Finley. “It’s difficult to talk about, really. I can just say this: We competed. We made each other better. I’m not going to talk bad about anything.”

Finley also said that he believes Myles Brennan and Max Johnson will be well prepared for the 2021 season by offensive coordinator Jake Peetz.

It would’ve been easy to burn it down on his way out, but Finley took the high road.

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That says a lot about Finley’s character. He may not be at LSU anymore, but he’ll always be part of the Tiger family.