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Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Shannon responds to Marve's father

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Eugene Marve, father of Miami quarterback Robert Marve, was reserved in his comments when Robert was suspended for the season opener, but clearly more frustrated when his son was suspended a second time, for the Emerald Bowl. At that time, though, he said he didn't want to be a distraction, and he wasn't.

Now, having learned that coach Randy Shannon has granted Robert his release to transfer as long as he doesn't go to an ACC school, SEC school or other school in the state of Florida, Eugene Marve hasn't been shy about letting everyone know how he feels.

To sum it up, Marve called Shannon's decision a "vindictive slap on a player who wants to transfer."

Shannon responded.

"When Eugene Marve speaks he has Robert's welfare in mind, which all fathers should," Shannon said. "I have respect for Robert and wish him nothing but success in the future."

Just as long as it's nowhere within a 500-mile radius?

Keeping Marve out of the ACC is reasonable, normal. Telling him to stay out of a whole other conference and an entire state is a little excessive.

Everyone involved probably could have handled it a little better, and nobody is really going to benefit from the end result. Jacory Harris might, but even he needs an offensive coordinator right now.

It's hard to believe this is the same team that was on a five-game winning streak this season and in outright possession of first place in the Coastal Division.

Then again, it's not the same team anymore. That team had direction. We don't know which way this one is headed.