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Sources: bad news for Coleman, Perine, Jasper

An FBS football source said academic issues have ended senior wide receiver Glenn Coleman's career at FIU.

I'd been hearing that Coleman barely got himself eligible last season, during which he rebounded from a slow start to average 17.5 yards per catch on 13 receptions. He and senior Willis Wright are as talented a wide receiver duo as you'll find outside of the BCS automatic qualifier conferences -- and better than a few duos there, too -- but didn't start to really get it together until midway through last season (also, FIU didn't do enough to get either the ball earlier in their careers).

When I asked to speak to someone in the football program about the academic status of Coleman and several others, I was told university employees are prohibited from commenting on individual academic situations because of federal student privacy laws.

A week later, I heard a starting defensive player and an offensive skill position player might not be academically ineligible for just the first four games, but the entire season. And, the latter wasn't Coleman, who has removed "Florida International" from his Twitter homepage.

Also, an FBS football source says FIU has denied redshirt sophomore defensive end Denzell Perine's request to transfer to South Alabama and the denial was upheld on appeal. Perine's from Mobile, where South Alabama is located, and cited a family member's ill health as the reason he wanted to be in his hometown.

Another source close to FIU says the school denied sophomore wide receiver DeAndre Jasper's request to transfer to Appalachian State. App State's where former FIU wide receivers coach Frank Ponce landed as the quarterbacks coach.

 

 

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