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Miami QB Evan Shirreffs Can Now Transfer To Some ACC Schools Without Penalty

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MIAMI GARDENS, FL - SEPTEMBER 02: Larry Brihm Jr. #2 of the Bethune Cookman Wildcats passes during a game against the Miami Hurricanes at Hard Rock Stadium on September 2, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Evan Shirreffs got some of the transfer restrictions imposed on him loosened a bit.

Evan Shirreffs is looking to move on from Miami football as a graduate transfer. He was a back-up to Brad Kaaya and Malik Rosier during his three seasons in Coral Gables.

Academics, and not football, appear to be the driving factor in the quarterback's decision. He is looking to play at a school where he can enroll in a top-ranked MBA program. It just so happens that many of those schools are in the ACC.

Miami had initially blocked Shirreffs from heading to any program in the conference, or those that are on the books in non-conference play over the next two year. That list includes Central Michigan, FIU, Florida, LSU, and Toledo.

Schools blocking the immediate transfer to programs on the schedule isn't rare. However, there has been increased blow back on deals like this.

Shirreffs picked up a bit of a win in this case though. His father told CBS Sports that after an appeal, he will be allowed to transfer and play immediately at three ACC schools, all of which have top MBA programs and are even in Miami's division: Duke, North Carolina, and Virginia.

Shirreffs will be allowed to transfer to three ACC schools -- Duke, North Carolina and Virginia -- at which he had previously been blocked to play immediately, his father told CBS Sports.

After Shirreffs appealed as a graduate transfer, a Miami appeals committee said he could transfer to those three schools within the conference. The decision was finalized Monday after the family sought clarification from a Friday decision.

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According to his father, the appeals committee cleared Shirreffs' way to those three ACC schools because they are ranked among the top 25 MBA programs in latest U.S. News and World Report.

If that U.S. News and World Report ranking really is the driving factor for Shirreffs and his family, other big programs that fit the bill include Northwestern, Stanford, Cal, Michigan, UCLA, Texas, Indiana, USC, Arizona State, and Vanderbilt. Based on the appeal, it does seem like he is interested in staying in ACC country for his next stop.

Shirreffs is originally from Georgia. He was a three-star recruit in the class of 2015. During his career at Miami, he completed 3-of-9 passes for 16 yards.

[CBS Sports]