In the end, Blaire Sullivan loved UTEP, but he loves playing football more.
After losing his starting job here and looking at beginning the spring as a fourth-team quarterback, the junior-to-be decided to transfer to Texas State.
"It was a tough decision," said Sullivan, who is from San Antonio. "It's closer to home and I was looking for a better opportunity. I haven't been guaranteed anything there but I'll have a chance.
"I loved UTEP, I like all the coaches, I completely believe in what coach (Sean) Kugler is doing. This is just a personal decision."
Kugler acknowledged last week Sullivan was likely to leave.
"I like Blaire," Kugler said. "It's natural to be upset when you get passed over."
The starter by the end of last season, Sullivan began his sophomore year as UTEP's back-up quarterback and took over as the starter when Jameill Showers got hurt. After throwing four interceptions in seven quarters and was demoted to third team, but did rush for 104 yards in a Wildcat capacity against Florida International and did play some running the option in the final two games.
As a transfer to an FCS school, Sullivan won't have to sit out a season.
This year Sullivan was 15-of-26 passing for 183 yards with four interceptions and one touchdown, and had 172 yards on 35 rushes. His career numers are 36-of-69 passing for 573 yards with five interceptions and three touchdowns, plus 412 rushing yards on 224 carries.