Tristan Mumford left Statesville High at the end of the fall semester last year to enroll for the spring semester at East Carolina. He was in Greenville on an athletic scholarship to play football for the Pirates. Mumford said Wednesday he is no longer a student at East Carolina.
“I came back home because everything up there was getting so hectic,” he said. “I didn’t like the school. I’m doing Mitchell for a year. So, hopefully, I find another school.”
Tom McClellan, the assistant athletic director in media relations at East Carolina, confirmed Mumford is no longer a student at the university. McClellan said he cannot comment why Mumford chose to leave.
In two scrimmages this spring, Mumford recorded five tackles and recovered two fumbles. He also played in the Purple/Gold game but did not record any statistics. He was listed on the team’s three-deep depth chart at inside linebacker after the spring.
“He closed his first spring with a chance to play,” McClellan said. “Other than that, I can’t go much further.”
Mumford said everything started well when he enrolled at East Carolina in January for the spring semester. A typical day included going to class and working out.
“There wasn’t anything to do,” Mumford said. “The only thing we had to do was go downtown or go to a party, but I stayed away from most parties.”
He said he started to struggle with class.
“Then I asked for help, and it wasn’t the help I thought I was going to get,” he said. “I can’t be somewhere that’s going to be like that.”
He later said, “When it came to getting help, it was a big shock to (his parents) too. That was one of the things they thought. They thought from Day 1, I’d have a tutor, but that didn’t happen.”
Mumford said he is trying to go to Winston-Salem State or to Shaw or St. Augustine universities in Raleigh, but is keeping his options open for Division I schools.
Mumford played multiple positions in four seasons with the Greyhounds’ varsity squad from 2009-12.
He became the Greyhounds’ starting quarterback in the middle of the 2012 season after Carlis Parker suffered a knee injury in Statesville’s 37-35 loss at North Davidson. Mumford ended the season with a 60-percent completion rate, more than 1,900 passing yards, and he had a 16:5 touchdown-to-interception ratio. On defense, Mumford had six tackles for loss, five sacks and an interception.
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