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It’s true—former Stanford QB Nottingham intends to transfer to Columbia

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Remember that rumor we told you about Brett Nottingham last week? Well, according to this article from The Bootleg—’s Stanford athletics blog—it turns out that rumor is true. Though Athletics cannot comment on potential recruits until they are admitted and a deposit is in due to Ivy League rules, Nottingham’s word is confirmation that he plans on taking his talents to the Big Apple.

“I am excited to say I am in the process of applying to Columbia University,” Nottingham said to The Bootleg. “Pending admissions, I plan on playing football for head coach Pete Mangurian and the Columbia Lions.”

Per the same article, Nottingham was scheduled to major in Science, Technology, and Society at Stanford. It is currently unclear to which Columbia school Nottingham is applying, but he’d be eligible to play in 2013 irrespective of where he’d land, as he’s transferring from a FBS to an FCS football program. Nottingham has finished all essays and applications, and will get a job and train while he’s waiting to hear back from CU. If admitted, he would join Columbia football in the summer.

As for the famous “Why Columbia?” question, the quarterback gave The Bootleg this explanation.

“Once I decided to transfer, I did my research,” Nottingham said. “Columbia is one of the world’s premiere universities in one of the greatest cities in the world. Once I took a closer look at the Columbia football program, their offense, and once I spoke with coach Mangurian and [offensive coordinator Jamie] Elizondo, I knew Columbia was the perfect and natural fit for me.”

If admitted, Nottingham should make an immediate impact throwing to wide receivers like Connor Nelligan, Chris Connors, and Isaiah Gross, which in turn should open up rushing lanes for running back Marcorus Garrett.




  1. CU • December 31, 2012 at 5:36 pm • Reply

    Awesome! A pro-style QB in Light Blue! Welcome to Morningside Heights.

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  2. Richard • December 31, 2012 at 5:40 pm • Reply

    Let’s not give him the job yet. He’ll have to show the coaches in practice that he’s the man, especially since the rising sophs have some familiarity with the system, other players.

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    • Detective Richard P. Cox (Dick the Dick) • December 31, 2012 at 7:13 pm • Reply

      This comment has been deleted in line with our comment policy.

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  3. Anonymous • December 31, 2012 at 7:25 pm • Reply

    Went to the same high school as Brian Barbour on the basketball team!

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  4. alum • December 31, 2012 at 10:42 pm • Reply

    Detective makes a good point as an idiot. He must have a ghost writer.

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  5. Anonymous • January 1, 2013 at 1:24 pm • Reply

    I just don’t understand. Was he a fifth-string QB or something?

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    • Myles Simmons STAFF • January 1, 2013 at 3:55 pm • Reply

      He actually was projected to take over at QB for Andrew Luck coming into the season, but was beat out for the job in training camp. He was also a very highly touted recruit in high school. From everything I’ve heard and read, he’s no fifth-string scrub.

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  6. Anon • January 1, 2013 at 1:52 pm • Reply

    jw what year is he? the ‘former’ kinda confused me (sorry if i’m just being dumb here)

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    • Myles Simmons STAFF • January 1, 2013 at 3:53 pm • Reply

      The whole thing is a bit confusing, no worries. He was a junior this year at Stanford, but he is no longer a part of Stanford’s football program, which is why he’s technically “former.”

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  7. Anonymous • January 1, 2013 at 4:26 pm • Reply

    He has to be accepted first. He is only applying as a transfer.

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  8. Literary Lion • January 1, 2013 at 7:30 pm • Reply

    Do you really think there’s any doubt he’ll be accepted? Maybe if he was coming from State U. But this kid is coming from The Farm and promises to supercharge the Lion FB offense. He’s as good as in.

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  9. Fan • January 1, 2013 at 11:12 pm • Reply

    Can’t wait to see him in Columbia Blue this fall!

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  10. Anonymous • January 2, 2013 at 10:39 am • Reply

    Maybe Columbia will go to the Rose Bowl next year!

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    • Aditya • January 2, 2013 at 1:39 pm • Reply

      Fun fact: Columbia once defeated Stanford in the Rose Bowl, 7-0.

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      • Interesting! • January 3, 2013 at 2:30 pm •

        When was that?

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  11. Anonymous • January 2, 2013 at 1:55 pm • Reply

    That last sentence demonstrated that the author has no knowledge of football whatsoever.

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    • Anonymous • January 3, 2013 at 9:25 pm • Reply

      The threat of a strong passing game means opponents won’t be able to spare backers as often, thus allowing even a half-decent O-line to create some gaps.

      YOU don’t know what the fuck you’re talking about.

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      • CU • January 4, 2013 at 11:02 am •

        Also, a strong passing game will force opposing safties to cover our WRs. Even further, I won’t allow opposingLBs to focus solely on the run/rushing the QB, thus opening up more running lanes.

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  12. UnionLeague • January 3, 2013 at 12:14 am • Reply

    Great news, however, if the Organization doesn’t put in place a lock down defense, this could end up a wasted effort. The problem for so long has not been that Columbia Football has been of amateurs, it’s that Columbia Football has been amateurish.

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    • Literary Lion • January 3, 2013 at 9:18 am • Reply

      Dumbest comment I’ve read in a while. Made my day. Thanks.

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      • Defense • January 3, 2013 at 2:32 pm •

        He may have a point though…

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  13. Anonymous • January 6, 2013 at 8:54 pm • Reply

    He’s no use without a decent offensive line and decent defense

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    • UnionLeague • January 10, 2013 at 10:47 pm • Reply

      Absolutely right.

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