As all of you most certainly have heard by now University of Miami QB Robert Marve has requested, and has been granted (with stipulations), the release from his scholarship at UM by Canes Head Coach Randy Shannon.
The Canes will now move forward and look to 2008 part-time starter Jacory Harris, red-shirt freshmen Taylor Cook and Cannon Smith, or one of the incoming freshman to fill the quarterback position in 2009.
Regardless of where you stand on the situation, it is undeniably sad that in the period of just under two years, Robert Marve has gone from being named Mr. Florida Football in high school and proclaimed as the next "Great One" at UM to being labled by some bloggers (legal disclaimer: NOT ME) as a problem child with more ego than talent, less maturity than leadership and more interceptons (13) than touchdowns (9).
Now that takes a lot of work! From alledgedly breaking a car mirror in Coconut Grove and running from police last year that led to his first suspension this season, to being suspended a second time for the Canes recent bowl game due to apparent class attendance issues, it now seems obvious to both Canes fans and the casual observer alike that "Little Bobby" may have some serious growing up to do.
Marve's father and even his former high school coach have all come out with some not so flattering comments about Coach Shannon's treatment of Marve while the young man was living for free on the lovely UM campus in Coral Gables.
Marve's former coach at Plant HS was even recently quoted as saying that none of his players will ever play for Randy Shannon at UM. Now we see where Little Bobby gets it from! Talk about ego?
Since when does a high school coach determine where his players are ALLOWED to attend college? And how do the Plant high school football players' parents feel about that? And, since when does any coach deny one of his student-athletes the tremendous opportunity to attend a respected instuitution of higher learning for free? Maybe some high school students' parents would LOVE for their sons or daugthers to attend UM on a scholarship?
This is like watching a lttle league game where the parents and the coaches ruin the whole meaning of the game by brawling in the parking lot. It is just sad; very, very sad.
And what he deserves is totally up to him.
A few words of advice to Little Bobby: Go to class and stay off the streets late at night. In the words of one head football coach: "Nothing good happens after midnight."