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Jared Bartlett Writes Goodbye Letter to Mountaineer Nation Upon WVU Exit



Jared Bartlett and WVU players celebrate beating UNC in the Duke's Mayo Bowl at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. on Dec. 27, 2023. (Mitchell Northam / WV Sports Now)

After weeks of speculation, the rumors about Jared Bartlett leaving West Virginia were officially confirmed on Friday morning. A staple of the WVU defense will spend his final year of college football elsewhere.

But before Bartlett could leave town, he wanted to send a proper thank you message to Mountaineer Nation.

Bartlett posted his goodbye letter on X (Twitter):

“To Mountaineer Nation, First, I want to thank God for giving me the ability and opportunity to play the game of football. I would also like to thank Mountaineer Nation for an amazing experience in Morgantown for the past few years, there is no fan base like you all! The atmosphere and passion on game day has been the experience of a lifetime. Thank you to Coach Joseph, Brown, and Lesley for developing me into the player I am today. Thank you to John Chambers and the Elite Chambers Program for giving me the platform to expand my network and develop skills and knowledge of different opportunities in the business world. Throughout my time as a Mountaineer, I have grown as an athlete and as a man and can truly say I left the program in a better position than when I joined in 2019. I will be usiny my last year of eligibility as a graduate transfer. Forever a Mountaineer!”

Despite preferring to have one more season of Bartlett as a Mountaineer, the veteran linebacker left WVU the right way. A source told WV Sports Now that Bartlett and the football program worked together over the past few weeks to part ways on good terms.

Source: Jared Bartlett Departing WVU Football Program on Good Terms

Bartlett agreed to play in the Duke’s Mayo Bowl game, which helped end his WVU tenure on a positive note.

Bartlett has one year of eligibility left as a grad transfer.

Following West Virginia’s bowl win over North Carolina on Wednesday night, Bartlett posted that it was his last game as a Mountaineer.

“Proud of this team, glad to ball out with my guys one last time. Let’s go Mountaineers,” Bartlett wrote after the game.

Bartlett spent five seasons at West Virginia, all with head coach Neal Brown. Bartlett has appeared in 49 games throughout the seasons, recording 128 total tackles, 13.0 sacks and two forced fumbles. Bartlett had six total tackles with two going for a loss of yards against North Carolina.

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