Winston Dimel's career at K-State has come to a close.
Dimel, the Wildcats' starting fullback and two-time All Big-12 first-team selection by the league's coaches, announced Tuesday he would transfer. Dimel revealed the news in a message on his personal Twitter account.
"Deciding to leave K-State was one of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make," Dimel wrote. "I just want to say thank you to all of the fans, Manhattan community, my teammates and my family for all of the support throughout the years. These last four years have been an amazing experience that I will forever be thankful for."
Dimel, a fourth-year junior, is eligible to play immediately as a graduate transfer at his next school. Prior to the Cactus Bowl last month, K-State head coach Bill Snyder said he expected Winston to follow his father, Dana Dimel, to UTEP. Dana Dimel, K-State's offensive coordinator the past nine seasons, accepted the Miners' head coaching vacancy on Dec. 6.
But Winston Dimel told GoPowercat.com it's not a done deal he'll head to El Paso with his father. Dimel told the website Missouri, Texas A&M and Wisconsin are potential landing spots.
“I talked to the (Missouri) offensive coordinator (Derek Dooley), who was the wide receivers coach for the (Dallas) Cowboys last year. He told me they’re going to try to run a lot of fullback stuff and they don’t even have a fullback on the roster, so that’s why they were really interested,” Dimel told GoPowercat. “They watched the bowl game and stuff and shared with me how they’d utilize me. That was really interesting.
“Same deal with (Texas A&M coach) Jimbo (Fisher). They always used a fullback at Florida State. They don’t have a fullback on the roster either, and those are two pretty cool opportunities for me.”
Dimel told the website that even if his father had remained on the K-State staff, he had "already made up my mind" to move on.
"That was what I was going to do,” Dimel said. “I was pretty set on leaving, whether he left or not.”
A spokesperson for K-State said neither the athletics department nor Snyder had any comment on Dimel's departure as Tuesday morning.