A college football player says he has opted to transfer from a Big Ten program because of the school’s vaccine mandate.
Peyton Powell, a defensive back for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, has officially entered the transfer portal. The former four-star recruit cited Rutgers University’s vaccine mandate as his primary reason to transfer.
“The University of Rutgers [sic] has made the COVID vaccine mandatory to attend school and play football, therefore I have no other choice but to enter my name into the transfer portal,” Powell said on Twitter.
Rutgers football players will not be allowed to play this upcoming season unless they get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Powell made his choice. He will now have to find a school not mandating its students and athletes get inoculated.
The University of Rutgers has made the COVID vaccine mandatory to attend school and play football, therefore I have no other choice but to enter my name into the transfer portal.
— Peyton Powell (@PPowell_) August 24, 2021
Peyton Powell could end up facing a major obstacle in his quest to find a new college football program to play for. The reality is many, if not all, universities will end up mandating the vaccine(s) against COVID-19 for all students and faculty.
Oregon and Oregon State became the first Power Five programs to enforce strict protocols for fans attending sports games this year. Fans will either have to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to attend games. Several other universities have followed suit so far this week.
Powell, meanwhile, still has the opportunity to withdraw his name from the transfer portal and play for Rutgers. He’ll need to get vaccinated against COVID-19 though, which seems unlikely.