Northwestern RB Mark reportedly to transfer to D-II West Texas A&M

Northwestern running back Venric Mark will transfer to West Texas A&M, according to multiple reports.

Venric Mark ran for 1,366 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2012.

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Northwestern running back Venric Mark will transfer to West Texas A&M, according to multiple reports.  

Northwestern suspended Mark for two games for violating team policy earlier this month. Mark was limited by ankle and hamstring injuries last year after rushing for 1,366 yards and 12 TDs in 2012.

Mark also explored Baylor, Texas State, Houston, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, SMU and Kansas as other possible landing spots, ESPN reports. 

Mark, who is eligible to play this season because he's transferring to a Division II school, reportedly decided to leave the Wildcats to be closer to his ailing mother and grandmother.

While he says some FBS schools were willing to apply for an NCAA waiver so he could play the 2014 season, he didn't want to take a chance with his last year of eligibility.

Mark's degree will be from Northwestern, he told the network, also noting there are no hard feelings between him and Wildcats coach Pat Fitzgerald.

"The is no bad blood with Northwestern at all," he said. "Me and Coach Fitz still talk. We are still family."

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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