ALBANY — Former University at Albany football wide receiver Dev Holmes was not granted a one-time transfer exception from the school that could have potentially allowed him to become eligible for the 2020 season with certain Division I programs.
A UAlbany athletic department spokesman confirmed that decision Wednesday, two days after the school announced Holmes had left the program. Holmes will be able to appeal that decision, but the only schools the sophomore could transfer to that are affected with the denied transfer exception would be FCS programs that do not offer athletic scholarships.
Attempts to reach Holmes were unsuccessful, while head coach Greg Gattuso addressed Holmes’ departure at Tuesday’s practice.
“He’s not happy and wanted to leave the program, so I wish him well,” said Gattuso, who is in his sixth season at UAlbany. “He’s a kid I really like and I hope he does well. I hope he finds the happiness he’s looking for.”
Holmes was suspended for UAlbany’s game last Saturday against Lafeyette and left the program two days later. Gattuso never commented on the reasoning for, or overall length of, Holmes’ suspension beyond that it was “between Dev and I.”
A former star at Troy High School, where he helped the Flying Horses win two Class AA state championships, Holmes had had six receptions for 36 yards during the three games he played this season. In 2018 as a freshman, Holmes had 50 receptions for 734 yards and five touchdowns.
UAlbany, 2-2 on the season, starts CAA play this weekend at home against William & Mary.
This report has been updated.