Robert Marve's Shackles Hold Tight

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Robert Marve's Shackles Hold Tight

This article, by Ms. Degnan, is very informative, so I thought I'd just post it for you to enjoy.

Hurricanes appeals committee upholds its ban of UF, LSU, and Tennessee for quarterback Robert Marve, but it opened up the option of UCF or USF.

BY SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN


The University of Miami has made its decision in the Robert Marve case, and the Marve family is not happy.

Marve, the former University of Miami quarterback who is transferring, was told by the UM athletic appeals committee in an e-mail Thursday that he still is not allowed to transfer to Florida, LSU or Tennessee, said Marve's father, Eugene Marve.

But in a change from the school's original decision, Marve will now be allowed to transfer to the University of South Florida in Tampa or to Central Florida in Orlando.

He also still cannot transfer to an Atlantic Coast Conference School, but he was not appealing that.

''He's upset,'' said Eugene Marve of his son, whose family is from Tampa.

The three-person appeals committee was joined by Brent Blaylock, UM's assistant director of football operations, who represented the athletic department's position. Also, committee chairman James Bauer, the assistant dean of enrollment management and director of financial aid was there, as well as assistant athletic director for compliance David Reed.

Eugene Marve and Robert's mother Julie were present but were not allowed to speak at the 3 p.m. appeals meeting, he said. Robert Marve represented himself.

''I felt like it was decided before we started,'' said Eugene, who revealed recently he has prostate cancer and wants to be closer to Robert. ``They didn't show one bit of evidence to support their theory that we had [illegally] talked with [UF, LSU and Tennessee].''

Eugene Marve said the coach at the appeals meeting kept talking about how UM's recruiting efforts would be hurt if he were allowed to go to a school such as UF.

''He kept saying that UM would be tarnished in the recruiting wars if Robert went to Florida,'' Eugene said. ``It's very disheartening.''

As for whether his son would be interested in attending USF or UCF, Marve said, ``We'd be honored by any university that would offer Robert a scholarship to play football. We're still evaluating our options.''

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