Former Oregon and Florida State receiver Mycah Pittman announces transfer destination

On3 imageby:Jarrid Denney05/07/23


One of Oregon’s standout receivers from its 2021 squad is moving on to his third school in as many years.

Mycah Pittman, who spent the 2019-21 seasons with the Ducks, announced on Sunday that he has committed to transfer to Utah.

Pittman, who entered the transfer portal midway through the 2021 campaign, spent the 2022 season at Florida State.

A former 4-star signee in the 2019 class, Pittman was the No. 98 overall prospect and No. 20 receiver in his class, according to the On3 Industry Rankings. He chose Oregon over offers from Alabama, USC, and countless others.

On Nov. 7, 2021, the Ducks’ then-head coach, Mario Cristobal, told reporters that Pittman was no longer with the Oregon program.

“He’s moving on, we’re moving,” Cristobal said. “We wish him the best.”

In 10 games with the Ducks that season, Pittman had 12 catches for 197 yards. He has also returned 15 punts for 151 yards.

With Florida State last season, he was the program’s third-leading receiver with 32 catches for 330 yards and three touchdowns in 13 games.

Transfer portal background information

The NCAA Transfer Portal, which covers every NCAA sport at the Division I, II and III levels, is a private database with names of student-athletes who wish to transfer. It is not accessible to the public.

The process of entering the portal is done through a school’s compliance office. Once a player provides written notification of an intent to transfer, the office enters the player’s name in the database and everything is off and running. The compliance office has 48 hours to comply with the player’s request and that request cannot be refused.

Once a player’s name shows up in the portal, other schools can contact the player. Players can change their minds at any point and withdraw from the portal. However, once a player enters the portal, the current scholarship no longer has to be honored. In other words, if a player enters the portal but decides to stay, the school is not obligated to provide a scholarship anymore.

The database is a normal database, sortable by a variety of topics, including (of course) sport and name. A player’s individual entry includes basic details such as contact info, whether the player was on scholarship and whether the player is transferring as a graduate student.

A player can ask that a “do not contact” tag be placed on the report. In those instances, the players don’t want to be contacted by schools unless they’ve initiated the communication.

The portal has been around since Oct. 15, 2018 and the new calendar cycle within the portal begins each August. For example, the 2021-22 cycle started Aug. 1. During the 2020-21 cycle, 2,626 FBS football players entered the transfer portal (including walk-ons). That comes after 1,681 entered during the 2019-20 cycle and 1,709 during the abbreviated 2018-19 cycle. In comparison, 1,833 Division I basketball players entered the portal during the 2020-21 cycle after totals of 1,020 in 2019-20 and 1,063 in 2018-19.

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