LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska coach Frank Solich said Friday night that he will grant Manaia Brown an unconditional release from his football scholarship.
Solich had said Wednesday he wouldn't release the 6-foot-4, 310-pound Brown until he was certain the player was not influenced to transfer.
In a release, Solich said he had finalized the issues connected to Brown's request to transfer.
"When Manaia came to me a week after school started, I did not immediately grant his release because I wanted an opportunity to review some problems that surfaced surrounding the request," Solich said.
It was the first release request he has had involving possible illegal contact by another school and all the information has been forwarded to the appropriate athletic department officials, Solich said.
"We have confirmed with another institution that contact was made between Manaia and that institution, which made my initial decision to deny the release the appropriate action," he said.
Solich did not identify the school in the statement.
The public debate before he had gathered all the information was unfortunate and had a negative impact on the school, its student athletes and recruiting, Solich said.
"However, resolution in this matter is in the best interest of everyone involved," he said.
Solich had been criticized on the floor of the Legislature by state Sen. Ernie Chambers for not granting Brown's immediate release.
In a statement released Thursday, Brown had said he was happy to learn he would be released from his scholarship when they learned that no other school had contacted him.
Brown was one of four true freshmen to play for Nebraska last season. He left the team last month, saying he wanted to be with his 81-year-old father in West Valley, Utah. Brown said his father is seriously ill.
Brown would not have been able to play for a year if he transferred to another Division I-A school, even without a release from Nebraska.
The release allows Brown to receive financial aid in his first year at the new school as well as practice with the team. NCAA regulations barred other schools from contacting Brown without the release.