Josh Haden is going home to Maryland this weekend to visit his family. And then he might go down to Florida to see his older brother Joe play for Florida against Vanderbilt.
Other than that, Haden, the sophomore running back from Boston College who left the team last week and announced his decision to transfer, said he wasn't quite sure what his future plans would be
"You don't understand how wide open it is right now,'' said Haden this afternoon as he left Conte Forum, where he had completed paperwork to make his transfer complete. "I want to go to a bigger school, with a little more people. Don't get me wrong., there's nothing wrong with Boston College, but it wasn't the right school for me. I would never tell anyone not to come here, but it just wasn't for me. I wasn't having the time I imagined I would have.''
Haden came to Boston College as a high-profile recruit who was expected to elevate the Eagles' running game.
Haden, along with Montel Harris, who also happens to be one Haden's best friends, did that as a combination. But while Harris developed into the Eagles' primary running back this season, Haden had problems -- on and off the field.
He was bothered by a series of nagging injuries and the feeling of not quite fitting in nagged at him.
"I loved the BC college football team,'' he said. "And I didn't want to leave halfway through the season, but there was just a lot of stress with me and the school and everything.''
Haden said the feeling of unease had lingered for awhile. "It's been like that since last year,'' he said. "I talked to my Dad and he said to try and stay in school for another year. But another year came and then I was hurt. I had all kinds of injuries to my pinkie, my wrist, my ankle.''
All of it finally came to a head two weeks ago when he went to BC coach Frank Spaziani and told him of his decision to transfer. Although Spaziani and other Eagles officials tried to tell him to spend more time thinking about the decision, Haden felt he had enough. It was time to move on.
"I could go to another school and redshirt a year, and then I would still have two years left,'' said Haden, whose older brother Joe is finishing his career at Florida and his younger brother Jordan is enrolling in January.
"My options are open,'' he said, although he did rule out going to another ACC school (which would require a two-year wait before he could play) and indicated joining a Football Championship Division school, where he could play immediately, is unlikely. "I thought about that,'' he said. "It's still an option. But I don't think so.''
Haden said he will finish his academic requirements at BC in the next month and then he will be gone, looking for a fresh start.
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