Tom Savage can look into transfer

Rutgers coach Greg Schiano said Monday evening that he has informed quarterback Tom Savage he can have contact with Florida and Miami about a possible transfer to those schools.

A Rutgers appeal committee had recently denied Savage's request to be able to transfer to those schools for "competitive reasons." But Schiano said after conversing with the highly-touted former recruit he better understands that family reasons play a part in Savage's wishes.

"He's a great kid," Schiano said of Savage, who was beaten out for the starting position by Chas Dodd last year. "He has family in Florida and he's looking for a fresh start and I understand that."

Schiano had originally denied Savage's request because Rutgers heavily recruits the state of Florida.

Joe Schad is a college football reporter for ESPN.