Marve allowed to transfer to UCF, USF

Updated: January 9, 2009, 1:48 PM ET
Associated Press

MIAMI -- Former Miami quarterback Robert Marve will be allowed to transfer to two schools within the state of Florida, but still can't switch to move to LSU, Tennessee or Florida.

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Miami spokesman Mark Pray on Thursday night confirmed the school's athletic appeals committee's decision.

Marve, who completed 116 of 213 passes for 1,293 yards with nine touchdowns and 13 interceptions this season, is now allowed to transfer to Central Florida or South Florida. He is still prohibited from transferring to schools in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The Associated Press could not locate a working telephone number for Marve's father, former NFL player Eugene Marve, late Thursday night. Eugene Marve told The Miami Herald that his son was "upset" by the decision.

"We'd be honored by any university that would offer Robert a scholarship to play football," Eugene Marve told the newspaper, when asked if his son would play at South Florida or Central Florida. "We're still evaluating our options."

Robert Marve's split with Miami has been rocky.

The former Florida high school Mr. Football award winner started 11 games for the Hurricanes this season. But unrelated one-game suspensions kept him out of the season opener and finale.

After missing his fourth English class of the semester, Marve was kept home from the Emerald Bowl. Although Marve said he was not absent, just minutes late, his appeals went nowhere. On Dec. 30, Marve told The Associated Press he was leaving Miami.

One of the prized signings in Miami's 2007 recruiting class, Marve missed his freshman season because of injuries he sustained in a car crash.

He split time this season with Jacory Harris, and Harris was selected the first-stringer entering 2009 after Miami's 24-17 loss to Cal in the Emerald Bowl.

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