CORAL GABLES — Evan Shirreffs has found his new home.
The former Miami backup quarterback announced on Twitter he will play his final two seasons at Charlotte.
Shirreffs competed for the UM starting job before the 2017 season but lost out to Malik Rosier, who started all 13 games. Shirreffs saw action in one series in three different games. He went 1-for-2 for 16 yards in UM’s season-opener against Bethune-Cookman. He spelled Rosier against North Carolina and Pittsburgh, going a combined 1-for-5.
A 6-foot-5, 210-pound redshirt junior, he will be able to play immediately when he graduates from UM.
UM’s athletic department initially blocked Shirreffs from playing this season at ACC schools, but Shirreffs’ father told CBS Sports he won a partial victory via appeal. UM’s appeals committee, separate from the athletics department, ruled that Shirreffs, a top student, would be allowed to play immediately at Duke, North Carolina or Virginia because they have top-25 MBA programs in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings. At the time of the appeal, Shirreffs had a 3.9 grade-point average and was set to graduate in three years with a business/finance degree.
But Shirreffs, from Jefferson, Ga., opted to join the 49ers.
Incidentally, another former Miami quarterback in recent years wound up at Charlotte.
It is not a happy tale.
Kevin Olsen, the former four-star prospect Al Golden signed in 2013, landed there a year after he was dismissed from UM. Now 23, he faces three counts of second-degree rape and other charges after assaulting his then-girlfriend last year.
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