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Mark transfers to West Texas A&M to be closer to home

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By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: August 24th, 2014 at 2:08 pm EST

Running back Venric Mark has transferred to West Texas A&M Buffaloes following his dismissal from Northwestern. The move was made, he says, to be closer to his family in Houston.

“This is an hour and half from my mom,” Mark told ESPN.com. “It’s the best fit.”

Venric Mark (Getty Images)

Venric Mark (Getty Images)

When he was at Northwestern, he was facing a suspension for the first two games of the season, a violation of team rules. Instead of serving his suspension, he elected to leave and play elsewhere.

Now, he will be eligible to play right away instead of sitting out the NCAA mandatory one-year. He will be a fifth-year senior at West Texas A&M.

He says the reason why he transferred close to home was due to the health of his mother and grandmother.

He missed most of last season at Northwestern and then was granted a fifth year of eligibility.

“There is no bad blood with Northwestern at all,” said Mark, who noted he still plans to get his degree from Northwestern. “Me and Coach Fitz still talk. We are still family.”

Baylor, Houston, Texas Tech, Kansas, and Oklahoma State were all interested in Mark. In 2012, he had 1,366 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns.

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