Nebraska is newest team on Marve's watch list

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Nebraska has been added to the teams that former Miami quarterback Robert Marve is considering as he prepares to transfer out of the Miami program.

The Lincoln Journal-Star reported that the Cornhuskers are among Marve's current six finalists. Others include Michigan, Purdue, Texas Tech, South Florida and UCLA.

"That is the final six right now, but there is time for others to still jump in the game," Marve's high school coach, Robert Weiner, told the Tampa Tribune.

Marve started 11 games for the Hurricanes as a redshirt freshman last year, throwing for 1,293 yards, nine touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

But he was also suspended twice by Miami coach Randy Shannon for violating team rules -- for the season opener and the Hurricanes' 24-17 Emerald Bowl loss to California.

Earlier, Marve was said to be considering Oklahoma State and Oklahoma, but both of those schools reportedly have already ruled Marve out.

I'm a little suprised that Bo Pelini would become involved in this drama for a couple of reasons. First, the Cornhuskers appear to have a nice quarterback mix for the future with Zac Lee and Cody Green already in place. Also, the Nebraska program under Pelini hasn't been active in seeking disgruntled star players from other programs who are looking for a new opportunity. I can't see Marve being a good first player to break that trend.

But Marve would definitely provide an upgrade of talent for the Cornhuskers at quarterback. And he would be working with one of the best offensive coordinators in the game with Nebraska's Shawn Watson.

I'm still thinking that Marve will end up close to his home in Tampa. His father, Eugene, a former NFL linebacker, is battling prostate cancer and has said he wants his son close to home.

Also, I wonder if it was a coincidence that Marve was home this weekend on the USF campus in Tampa, coaching players from Tampa's Plant High, his old school, at a seven-on-seven tournament.

Who knows, USF coach Jim Leavitt might have given him the grand tour of his facilities when he was there. Or at least told him how important it would be to have a former hometown standout play for his team over the final two seasons of his college career.

Marve must sit out the 2009 season, but will have two years of eligibility remaining after that.