The very first article I found about Wilson leaving NC state.
Russell Wilson is leaving N.C. State.
But apparently, he doesn't really want to.
Late last week, N.C. State announced in a statement that it had released the star quarterback from his scholarship. On Saturday, however, Russell said that he wasn't really "released" from anything; instead, the quarterback said, he was pushed out of the program by coach Tom O'Brien, who had seemingly has grown tired of Wilson's juggling act between football and minor-league baseball.
"I really want the fans, N.C. State alumni and most of all my teammates to know if I had been given an equal opportunity to compete for the starting job, I would not have asked for my release," Wilson told the Observer.
Wilson accepted the offer from the Rockies right after his father died. Surely some leeway on not playing spring ball could have been extended. Wilson's desire to play both sports was well known to Tom O'Brien, and O'Brien only chose to make an issue of it when Glennon threatened to walk.
The simple truth is this: What Wilson did at Wisconsin only helped him prove he was NFL ready. The faith he has inspired from people shortly after meeting him is astounding. It took Pete one minicamp to say Russell was competing for the starting job. It took the Wisconsin coach one practice to know he had someone special. I remember him saying that if the Seahawks had a fair competition, Wilson would absolutely win it. It took Coach Trestman a few minutes on the kid's couch when he came out of high school to think Wilson could someday play in the NFL.
So why was O'Brien the one guy who saw Wilson play first hand and was blind to what was in front of him?