Marve won't play in Emerald Bowl

Updated: December 18, 2008, 8:21 PM ET
Associated Press

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Miami quarterback Robert Marve's season began with a one-game suspension, and it'll end with another.

Marve will not play in the Emerald Bowl next week because of a violation of team academic rules, which he told The Associated Press was regarding "a miscommunication about absentees for a class."

Miami coach Randy Shannon said he could not reveal any specific details about Marve's situation, other than it would be a one-game issue and not something to carry into 2009. Jacory Harris, who played in all 12 games and started the opener against Charleston Southern, will start when Miami (7-5) plays California (8-4) in San Francisco on Dec. 27.

"Violation of team rules," Shannon said. "That's all it was."

Marve was excused from practice Thursday, a team spokesman said, so he could tend to a personal matter in Tampa, his hometown. Marve told The AP he was returning to South Florida on Thursday night, but Shannon said the quarterback would not be at any of the Hurricanes' final three practices before they depart for San Francisco.

Marve will not travel to the game either, Shannon said.

"You're always disappointed when you have guys that violate team rules," Shannon said. "But you know what? Our job is to teach them and have them learn from it. He'll bounce back and we'll move on."

Marve redshirted last year because of injuries sustained in a car crash, then missed the 2008 opener because of a team sanction related to his arrest on a misdemeanor mischief charge on Oct. 31, 2007.

He had his share of promising moments this season and was the Atlantic Coast Conference's rookie of the week after leading Miami past Wake Forest in October. But throughout the year, as he and Harris shared playing time, speculation grew that one would transfer before next season.

Multiple Miami coaches and players, however, do not believe either quarterback is looking elsewhere.

"I'm just taking all this one thing at a time," Marve told The AP.

Marve completed 116 of 213 passes for 1,293 yards this season for Miami, with nine touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Harris was 93-for-153 for 1,001 yards, with 10 touchdowns and six interceptions.

Harris said he considers himself ready for the bowl challenge.

"It's just a regular game," Harris said. "If you win, you win. If you lose, you lose. We'll go out there trying to win a game. Obviously, we're not trying to go and lose a game way out in Cali. But we want to have fun. It's a business trip and we want to take care of business."

Harris and Marve are good friends and have worked together quite a bit this year, earning high praise from teammates for the way they handled the delicate nature of a two-quarterback system.

Harris sidestepped a question about how Marve is reacting among teammates to the situation.

"I hear a lot of stuff and I hear a lot of things, but this is our family and I try not to let things out of the family," Harris said. "That's something I won't do."


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