Hurricanes offensive lineman Malcolm Bunche is transferring from the University of Miami, the university and his family confirmed Tuesday.
Bunche would have been a fifth-year senior next season, but per NCAA rules, he can play immediately at another Football Bowl Subdivision school because he earned his degree last month.
The Hurricanes have granted Bunche his release, with the stipulations that he can’t transfer to an Atlantic Coast Conference school or one on UM’s schedule next season.
Bunche, 6-7 and 327 pounds, played guard and tackle sparingly in 12 games this season, making his lone start at left guard in the season opener against FAU. In the recent bowl loss to Louisville, he came into the game once on special teams during a point-after attempt.
In 2012, he started all 12 games at left tackle.
His father, Curtis Bunche, told the Miami Herald that Malcolm was given a “mid-grade” projection by the NFL Draft Advisory Board, but that his son wants to get more playing experience on the college level.
Curtis Bunche said his son loves UM line coach Art Kehoe but told his father, “ ‘Pops, I want to see what it’s like at a bigger university.’ ”
Malcolm’s older sister Cetera wouldn’t divulge any possible destinations but hinted that they were big-time, public-school programs.
“They played him very minimally this season, but Malcolm doesn’t play the blame game,” Cetera Bunche said. “He’s actually grateful. What my parents have taught us is if you want things to change, change the way you do things. So this was a very mature decision on his part.”
The football series between FIU and UCF, which began in 2011 and was set to run continuously until 2016, will skip the 2014 game.
That game was supposed to be Sept. 6 at UCF. That’s the week after UCF returns from playing Penn State in Dublin. NFL teams that play in London get a bye week after returning from that game and nobody there is supposed to be acting like a full-time college student.
FIU already has a full nonconference schedule for next season, so moving the game was difficult.
Sportswriter David J. Neal contributed to this report