Haener stays, apologizes for trying to leave – GV Wire
Fresno State star quarterback Jake Haener returns to the Bulldogs for 2022. He had entered the NCAA transfer portal that would allow him to transfer to another school, but withdrew his name on Wednesday.
âFresno is my home. It made me who I am. I can’t wait to play with Coach Tedford in 2022 and face Mountain West for the rest of my teammates and pursue a championship.
âIt’s something I’ve always wanted to do here and play one more season as a Bulldog. I can’t imagine myself anywhere else and this is where I want to be. So Red Wave, I’ll see you in 2022. Go dogs! Haener said in a video on social media.
Bulldogs Football 2022: Haener and Tedford
The news comes a day after the Bulldogs officially brought back head coach Jeff Tedford – who was out for two seasons for health reasons. Tedford replaced Kalen DeBoer, who left for the University of Washington, where Haener wanted to follow.
âI didn’t know which direction Fresno State was going to go with their coaching staff, their offense, their terminology and their system, and it was all up in the air. And I knew exactly what I had with Coach DeBoer and Coach Grubb, âHaener said.
Offensive coordinator Ryan Grubb followed DeBoer to Washington.
“Jake Haener will be available for the bowl game,” the athletics department told GV Wire.
Fresno State plays UTEP at the New Mexico Bowl on December 18.
Haener – a fifth-year senior in 2021 – and all NCAA players, have been granted an additional year of eligibility due to the pandemic.
– Fresno State Football (@FresnoStateFB) December 9, 2021
In a video posted to the Fresno State football Twitter account, Haener explained when to enter the portal, apologizing for his decision.
âI want to sincerely apologize for the actions I took and the actions I thought were the best at the time for me and my future. Everything I had in mind and everything at the time was a mixture of emotions and real confusion with me and my family, âsaid Haener.
Due to the uncertain Bulldogs game date and the fact that Washington begins its winter quarter on Jan. 3, Haener felt last week was the best time to make a transfer.
âThere were a lot of things that needed to be rectified in my life, in my college life that needed to be investigated and educated and entering the transfer portal at that time gave us the best opportunity to weigh all my options,â said Haener.
When he entered the portal last week, fans on social media weren’t happy. Someone hung up sheets on campus saying “Haener is a traitor.”
Haener addressed those upset fans in an Instagram post, saying he was doing what was best for his future.
[Update: the athletics department confirmed Haener is eligible to play in the bowl game. This was previously unclear.]