- Adam Rittenberg, ESPN Staff Writer
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Tennessee did the right thing Tuesday, granting wide receiver DeAnthony Arnett his release to play football closer to his ailing father in Saginaw, Mich.
It could mean good news for Michigan State and Michigan, which appear to be Arnett's top choices for a transfer destination along with Notre Dame. Arnett, an ESPNU 150 prospect who had 24 catches for 242 yards and two touchdowns as a freshman for Tennessee this season, said last month he wanted his release to all schools in Michigan but that Tennessee would only release him to MAC schools unless he wanted to pay his own way to a Big Ten program.
But that changed Thursday as Arnett can transfer to Michigan State or Michigan as a scholarship player.
From colleague Joe Schad's story:
Arnett said in December that his father has had two heart attacks, dialysis and a series of surgeries.
"My decision to leave the University of Tennessee has nothing to do with football, coaches, players or anything related to the school," Arnett said by email Tuesday. "It is and will always remain solely based off of the importance of me keeping my beliefs and family first."
Because of Arnett's unique situation, he's expected to apply for a hardship waiver with the NCAA that would prevent him from sitting out a season as per transfer rules and be eligible this coming fall.
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