After spending his playing career at one Big 12 school, it appears J.W. Walsh is going to start his coaching career at another.
247Sports.com first reported Tuesday evening that the Oklahoma State quarterback has decided to move on from Stillwater and join Gary Patterson‘s coaching staff at TCU as a grad assistant. The Oklahoman has subsequently confirmed the initial report.
Walsh had applied for a sixth season of eligibility that would’ve allowed him to play for the Cowboys in 2016, but that Hail Mary attempt apparently won’t come to fruition.
— Jeremy Clark (@JClarkHFB247) January 20, 2016
Walsh started 11 games over the past four seasons for the Cowboys. He started the first two games of the 2014 season before sustaining a lower-leg injury that cost him the remainder of the year. Because that was the only season lost to injury per NCAA guidelines, and because he took a non-medical redshirt as a true freshman in 2011, there was little chance of Walsh winning his appeal for a sixth season of eligibility.
Turning to coaching sooner or later, though, appeared to be inevitable for Walsh. From Tulsa World:
At Denton (Texas) Guyer High School, Walsh’s head coach was his father, John Walsh. During his five seasons at OSU, J.W. Walsh frequently made reference to his plan of being a football coach.