GAINESVILLE -- As expected, redshirt freshman quarterback Robert Marve requested and was granted his release to transfer today from the University of Miami. Marve would like to transfer to Florida, Tennessee or LSU, according to sources.
Here's the $1 million question: What needs to happen for Marve to wind up at Florida next season? 1. Marve must win an appeal with the University of Miami regarding his transfer, which states he cannot play for an in-state team or a team in the ACC or SEC. Seems a touch personal on UM's part.
2. The return of Tim Tebow. Marve will be ineligible next season. If Tebow returns to UF, then that will give Marve a year to prepare for competition with current UF back-up quarterback John Brantley and incoming freshman Jordan Reed of Connecticut. Reed is verbally committed to UF. Of course, that could change if Marve transfers to UF.
My opinion: Assuming the SEC ban is lifted from UM's transfer stipulations, Tennessee seems like the best fit for Marve, who was suspended twice this season by UM coach Randy Shannon for breaking team rules. Tennessee's offense was awful this season.
Something else to think about: Why would UF welcome one quarterback with a checkered past after the incident involving Cam Newton, who was arrested recently for allegedly stealing a laptop computer from another UF student? Seems a bit hypocritical. The same goes for LSU, which parted ways with former quarterback Ryan Perrilloux before the 2008 season.