Joe Schad's spy network has uncovered a new development in the Russell Wilson saga, as the former NC State quarterback is visiting Auburn today. Schad's source called the visit a "job interview," and you can insert your own joke about haggling on the salary here.
To recap, Wilson had three good-but-not-stellar years for the Wolfpack, but he's also played minor league baseball in the offseason. Tom O'Brien got tired of Wilson's not committing to one sport or the other, so he cut the signal caller loose to focus on developing former VT QB Sean Glennon's little brother Mike. After the news came out, several SEC schools were said to be interested in Wilson, and rumors about Wisconsin also wanting him have cropped up.
To my knowledge, Auburn is the first school that Wilson has visited in his attempt to find a new team for his senior year. As he has completed his undergrad degree, he can transfer to a new school without sitting a year provided that he enrolls in a graduate program that NC State doesn't have.
This is also the first confirmation we've seen that Auburn would be willing to take on Wilson as well. The school is under the scholarship cap thanks to transfers, arrests, and NFL defectors, so no roster management would be required to bring him in. News of this visit is a bit of an indictment of how the coaches feel about Barrett Trotter and Clint Moseley, the two guys who fought for the starting job in the spring. That said, Wilson has three years of starting under his belt, he was an all-ACC performer in two of those years, and most folks expect highly touted freshman Kiehl Frazier to start for the Tigers in 2012 anyway.
If nothing else, this is an actual football-based story line to watch that doesn't involve legislation, the flawed APR metric, or hyperbolic hypotheticals while we wait for all of the preseason magazines to hit newsstands. I'll take it.