Former Notre Dame running back Greg Bryant announces transfer to UAB

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Anyone in South Bend hoping Greg Bryant returns to Notre Dame received an abrupt surprise Wednesday. The former Notre Dame running back announced he has committed to the University of Alabama Birmingham.

Bryant started the year with Notre Dame before being suspended for the first four games of the season. It was then announced he had been declared academically ineligible. The running back then transferred to a Miami junior college.

Never in my life would I be thinking I would go here. But, the next move has to be the best move. I’m officially committed to the University of Alabama Birmingham! Strictly a buisness decision. ‪Minor set back for a major comeback. Round 2 #‎BLAZERS‬ #NextChapter A photo posted by Greg Bryant J.r (@1gregbryant_jr) on Nov 4, 2015 at 9:43am PST

Last season Bryant was one of a handful of backs the Irish used. As a sophomore, Bryant rushed for 289 yards and three touchdowns. He also caught five passes for 50 yards, all as the team’s third back.

Making Bryant’s decision to transfer to UAB even stranger is the program’s recent history. Late last year the football team disbanded despite objections both internally and nationally. Over the summer the school announced they would reinstate the football team, but not until the 2017 season.

NBC Sports reports Bryant is expected to have just one year of eligibility once the program is reinstated. However, that could be adjusted given the unusual circumstances.

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