Se'von Pittman Transfers to Akron

By Kyle Rowland on June 27, 2013 at 11:16a

It's been almost four months since Se'von Pittman left the Ohio State football program. He's finally landed at his next destination: Akron. 

Pittman, from nearby Canton, left Ohio State due to off-the-field issues and indicated that Louisville was his top transfer choice. He originally committed to Michigan State in 2012, but joined the Urban Express after Meyer was hired in November of that year. Pittman did not play in 2012 after suffering a knee injury in the spring. 

Bill Greene, of, spoke to Pittman about his transfer process:

"Like a lot of football players before me, I owe a lot to (former Ohio State head coach) Jim Tressel, and he played a big part in me coming to Akron," he added. "Coach Tress is not coaching at Akron, but he is still involved helping young people, like he always has in the past. Coach (Terry) Bowden went to Coach Tressel and asked about me, both as a person and as a player. Coach Tress knew me since I was a sophomore in high school, and we were very close."

Interestingly, Ohio State did not limit Pittman's transfer. It allowed him to go to any school of his choosing. 

"Ohio State was great to me, and I need to thank them for all they did for me, especially (administrative assistant) Greg Gillum and (defensive line coach) Mike Vrabel," he explained. "They have said throughout this process that I should call them if I needed anything, and they would help me in any way. They said they were only a phone call away."

Source: @BillBankGreene


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osubuck57's picture

Hope he gets his life in order!! Good to have Tress as a"mentor" for him and Bowden will help him out. Nice to hear Vrabes extending that olive branch as well!! Good luck to him.Wish it would have worked out for him at OSU.


Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Does he have to sit out a year?

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Silverbuck8's picture

yes, sits out a year.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

That's too bad. I wanted to see him sack Gardner.

I hope Perkins ends up at Akron as well.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

razrback16's picture

I believe Perkins went to Illinois State.

NC_Buckeye's picture

But since he wasn't redshirted, I think he can use the redshirt for the year he has to sit out and still have 4 years of eligibility at Akron.
I think. Stupid transfer rules are tough to figure out.

cplunk's picture

The year you sit out doesn't count against your eligibility anyway. He will sit out this year then have both four years of eligibility and a redshirt available. Thing is, though, it would be incredibly unusual if he ever uses the redshirt. Rarely happens with transfers.

cplunk's picture

Correction to my statement- 
Looked it up to double check, and the deal is that, from the moment you first enroll in a D1 school, you start a "clock". You have five years to complete four years of eligibility. In other words, baring some sort of medical waiver, you could do any of the following:
-redshirt a year and play four years
-sit out a year due to transfer and play four years (this could be play two, transfer/sit out, play two or any other combo of one year out and four playing)
The basic rule is 5 to complete 4. Doesn't matter if I choose to play a year, then walk away from football for two years, then transfer and sit a year, then play a year or any other combo. Once the "clock" hits five years from when I first enrolled with a D1 scholarship, I'm done.
obviously this gets more complicated when you add in playing at non D1 schools, jucos, or medical waivers, plus the rule where a student who graduates doesn't have to sit out a year if they enroll at a grad school for a program their undergrad doesn't have at the grad level (see: Wilson, Russell)

NC_Buckeye's picture

But since he had a medical waiver last year, I think my original statement is still true. He uses his redshirt for the year he has to sit-out. And then has 4 years of eligibility.

mh277907's picture

I don't believe this kid one bit. No way in hell Tressel helped and mentored him. I am writing a letter to Bristol right now to get a real reporter here to find out how much money Tress made for pretending to help this kid!


Oyster's picture

Huh?  You really need to work on your sarcasm or use a font because I can see you getting hammered for this post.  I'll even you out at 2 & 2, but that's the best i can do for you.

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mh277907's picture

Oh, sorry, I thought I was laying it on pretty thick... Thanks though. The point I was trying to get across was you heard stories like this all the time throughout his tenure here but all of the stories changed to a self-interested, win at all costs guy. I've never heard anything bad said about him from a former player.


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Just use the 11W font for sarcasm...
I know it's super difficult!
We all love us some sarcasm font!

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As much as I like the idea of a sarcasm font, upon seeing it in action, I think it takes away some of the subtlety of the sarcasm.  IMO, half the fun of sarcasm is the trolling of those who don't understand it.

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Danify's picture

I see what you did there. Haha.

MN Buckeye's picture

Maybe being closer to home will help him.  I hope he is a star at Akron, and I am glad he has time to sort things out.

steensn's picture

Ha, I had actually forgot he left the program and was like "WHAT!?!?" Good luck to the young man!

rdubs's picture

Glad that our coaches didn't restrict him like a lot of DBag coaches out there do.

JollyFatMan's picture

This x100. Of course, I wonder had it been a bigger name person how it would be handled. 

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rdubs's picture

He was a pretty solid recruit.  Not quite Spence, but not that far down the pecking order.

zhamilton05's picture

He's gonna rule the MAC. No way their o-linemen will be able to withstand his type of rush, especially in his JR/SR years, once he gets it all figured out.
I'm sad to see him go, but I think OSU has the strong-side DE taken care of for the next four years with Adolphus and Bosa. Se'Von didn't want to become the next Steve Miller.

VintonCountyBuck's picture

I wouldn't be so quick to judge the MAC as a whole.  They did have the number 1 overall pick in this years draft and do have a history of producing some pretty good NFL talent.  

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Hovenaut's picture

Good luck to Se'von, kudos to Tress and a tip o' the hat to OSU for not limiting where Pittman to go.

captain obvious's picture

Allow a kid to go where he thinks is best for him
Brian Kelly are you listening?

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razrback16's picture

Best of luck to Pittman! I appreciate his classy words at the end.

southernstatesbuckeye's picture

Yes, thank you, Mr. Pittman, for mentioning Coach Tress in a meaningful way.  We should all want to see Jim Tressel elevated a little bit and given credit for his effort with these kids.
Plus, it will tick off the haters.

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tdible2132's picture

Wishing Sevon all the best!  Hopefully he can get his career going and make the most out of his potential!

twalsh's picture

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Coach Tressel

okiebuck's picture

Jim Tressel is and always has been about helping young people. Had lunch a few weeks ago in Dallas with an old friend who heads up the OSU Alumni Association in DFW area (he played for Coach Hayes) and he told me about how JT was instrumental in helping Anthony Schlagel get on Urban's staff in the Strength & Conditioning area with Coach Mick. I also hear Tress will be at the Varsity O golf outing next month at Scarlet; helping the cause, as usual. Nice to see Sevon get his act together; hope he does well.  

"Fate has cards that it don't want to show"

buckskin's picture

Hope he gets everything in order before its too late and dominates the MAC.  He is a blessed young man to have Tress helping him out.  Overcome Sevon, overcome.

pjtobin's picture

Thanks for the follow up. It's nice to hear tress is still helping kids improve their life. I hope he leads his team in sacks. 

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ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

I thought the Buckshot description was just being clever.  Tressel really did help him...that's cool.  Good luck!

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NuttyBuck's picture

This shines a good light on the Bucks' staff. Good sportsmanship. Also shows we are confident. Bravo. 
It would be nice to get to play against him though! 
Semper Buckeyes

Maestro's picture

Go Zips !!

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MAVBuck's picture

A moment everyone in the Buckeye family should be proud of. Shows the character and loyalty of OSU current and former coaches as well as the administration as a whole. Pittman was a great add for OSU and I expect nothing but great things for him in Akron!

9Route's picture

Coach Tressel also helped bring Jamel Turner to Akron. Turner is slated to to start at DE this season.

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