CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Former Miami quarterback Robert Marve may transfer to a Southeastern Conference school with the Hurricanes' blessing after all.
That is, any SEC school except Tennessee, Florida or LSU.
Miami lifted some of the sanctions regarding Marve's transfer late Friday, four days after the Hurricanes' starting quarterback this past season said he was leaving for a new school.
Marve is still prohibited from transferring to schools in the Atlantic Coast Conference and within the state of Florida. But those three SEC schools remain off-limits, Miami officials said, because of the belief that discussions about Marve transferring to one of those institutions has been going on for some time.
"The University of Miami has reason to believe that the Marve family or others on behalf of the Marve family contacted those institutions during the 2008 season regarding Robert's potential transfer prior to him having been given his release by UM," the university said in a statement released late Friday night. "We are not suggesting any wrongdoing on the part of any of the universities mentioned."
Marve told the Associated Press earlier this week that he has not had any contact with those schools, or any others. He did not immediately respond to a message left on his phone after Miami's statement was released Friday night.
It has been a contentious break-up between Marve and Miami. The former Florida high school "Mr. Football" award winner from Plant High in Tampa, Fla., was the Hurricanes' starter for 11 games this season, missing the season opener and season finale because of one-game suspensions that were unrelated to each other.
Marve was kept home from the Emerald Bowl after missing his fourth English class of the semester, even though the player argued that he was merely minutes late to the class, not absent. His appeals went nowhere, and on Monday night, Marve decided that he needed to find a new school.
Florida and Tennessee were believed to be high on Marve's list.
Marve's father, former NFL player Eugene Marve, told Miami radio station WQAM on Friday that he has had cancer for nearly 5½ years and wants his son playing close to home -- which would suggest that Florida is also an appealing destination to the family as well.
Marve committed to Alabama at one point during his high school career, then ultimately chose Miami. He missed the 2007 season because of injuries suffered in a rollover crash, and by transferring anywhere, he'll sit out the 2009 season as well.
"Robert's desire to request a transfer was reviewed in the same manner that we do for every student-athlete in every sport," the university's statement said. "It is important to note that any stipulations imposed on any possible transfer are always the result of circumstances and are not done in haste or spite."
Marve split time with Jacory Harris this season, and Harris was selected the first-stringer entering 2009 after Miami's 24-17 loss to Cal in the Emerald Bowl. Marve completed 116 of 213 passes for 1,293 yards with nine touchdowns and 13 interceptions this season.