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Football: Righetti grad Conor Regan on the move with degree in hand

Football: Righetti grad Conor Regan on the move with degree in hand

A degree in hand, Conor Regan will continue his career as a collegiate quarterback.

He hopes to make playing quarterback his profession.

“That’s my dream, my ultimate goal, to play at the professional level,” said the Righetti High School alum.

Regan will play for Long Island University as a graduate transfer. Regan was at Northern Colorado, an FCS school in the Big Sky Conference, for three years.

“I got my degree in business economics there, with a minor in business,” said Conor Regan, whose father, Mike, is a former veteran football coach in Santa Maria.

Long Island University plays its football games in Brookville, New York, at Bethpage Federal Credit Union Stadium, which seats 6,000 people. 

Conor Regan was at Ventura College for two years and Northern Colorado for three before signing on with Long Island.

“I knew I had another season of eligibility, and I decided to take advantage of it,” said Conor Regan.

The Righetti grad said he had been in communication with Long Island, which also plays in the NCAA FCS subdivision, since December.

“At first they didn’t have a scholarship for me,” he said. “Then, due to COVID-19, they didn’t have spring ball, there was more money available and they had a scholarship for me.

“I red-shirted at Ventura my freshman year and I red-shirted the 2018 season at Northern Colorado, so I got six years to play four,” seasons of football.

When he was at Northern Colorado, Regan took advantage of the liberalized red-shirt rule.

Now, red-shirts can play up to four games, which Regan did in 2018, and still qualify for a red-shirt season. Before, if a red-shirt played even one game, that could have cost the player an entire season of eligibility.

Regan played in four games in 2018. He started in two, and in both of those starts, against UC Davis and Portland State, he eclipsed 350 yards passing.

Regan threw for a total of 981 yards and five touchdowns that year. He was the backup quarterback in 2019, playing in 10 games. Regan completed 14 passes for 124 yards.

In 2017, Regan completed 91 of 182 passes for 1,305 yards, 10 touchdowns and six interceptions. He also rushed for a touchdown that season. He threw for over 300 yards against Cal Poly and threw for 392 yards against South Utah. 

He hopes to earn a second degree, in business.

“I’m going to have to get in touch with Northern Colorado to see if my credits at Long Island will transfer over there so I can get a second degree in business,” said Regan.

“I had thought it was the other way around, with my credits at Northern Colorado transferring over to Long Island, but it turns out my second degree would be from Northern Colorado.”

If a professional football career doesn’t pan out, “There are a lot of things I’m open to pursuing,” including possibly a welding trade school,” said Conor Regan.

“I’ve always liked welding.”

Regan graduated from Righetti in 2015. In his senior season, he threw for over 1,700 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also threw 12 touchdowns in his junior season.

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Kenny Cress, sportswriter for the Santa Maria Times since September of 2000. BA in political science from Cal Poly Pomona. BA in journalism from Cal State Northridge.

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