Reno, Nev. (KOLO) - Three days after announcing he'd transfer away from Nevada, wide receiver McLane Mannix explained his decision in a statement provided to KOLO-8.
Mannix, an All-American last season and the Wolf Pack's leading receiver this year, will have to sit out a season if he joins a division one program. Afterward, he'd have two years left to play.
Here's the statement from Mannix:
"I would like to clear up any confusion about me not going to Coach Norvell and telling him that I was going to transfer from Nevada.
I went to Coach Norvell’s office Monday after the banquet to let him know in person and he was not in his office. I immediately text him and asked to meet with him. That’s when he told me he was out of town recruiting and Coach Mumme called me directly after that and I explained the situation.
First, I want to express my sadness for having to leave this group of talented coaches and teammates as well as the fans who have supported NEVADA football.
We have worked hard to build this program into a contender and I assure you it will continue to get better.
My decision to leave Nevada football is based on the health of my mother and the reason I am transferring.
I wanted to make this statement so all these rumors could be put to rest and the true reason I am transferring.
My mother was involved in a tragic accident that involved her being trapped in a fire and she suffered 2-3rd degree burns to 90% of her back requiring extensive skin grafting surgery and excruciatingly painful debridement.
A month after the accident she was diagnosed with PTSD.
Last summer when she read that fires in Nevada were getting close to Reno it triggered her PTSD symptoms.
This fall she was diagnosed with stomach ulcers from the stress and anxiety related to these fires and continues to be treated for these symptoms.
She was able to attend my games this year but later in the season the California fires became another trigger as she knew I was flying into and playing football in these areas.
When my mom told me she didn’t think she would be able to come to anymore games on the West Coast, was when I knew things were getting serious and I needed to make a change to allow her to heal.
I love this group of coaches and miss my teammates already but I can’t function normally knowing my mother’s health concerns are directly related to the area I chose to go to school and play the sport I love.
McLane Mannix #1
WOLF PACK �� FOREVER!!"