Savage originally began his career at Rutgers in 2009, where he was named team offensive MVP after completing 149-of-289 passes for 2,211 yards, 14 touchdowns and seven interceptions. But the following year, he suffered through an injury-plagued season and lost his starting job. He decided to transfer to Arizona, where he sat out the 2011 season because of NCAA rules.
The Wildcats have a new coach in Rich Rodriguez, whose offensive style does not suit Savage -- more of a pro-style passer. When Savage announced his intention to transfer from Arizona without ever having played a down, he said it had nothing to do with Rodriguez entering as head coach. He said he wanted to come back East to be closer to family.
Initially, he wanted to enroll at Rutgers again. But a hardship waiver to play immediately was denied, meaning he only has one year of eligibility remaining. He then decided to move on to Pitt.
Savage must sit out the entire 2012 season because of transfer rules.
The Big East has a rule in place that may keep Savage from playing for Pitt in 2013. Conference rules state that once a player has signed and competed at one league school, as Savage did at Rutgers, he cannot compete at another league institution. Pitt has filed a lawsuit to get out of the Big East to join the ACC in time for the 2013 season. If that does not happen and Pitt is stuck in the Big East for 2013, Savage would not be eligible to play.
"Moving to Pittsburgh tomorrow... Nervous and excited... next chapter in my life," Savage wrote Saturday on Twitter.