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Report: Ohio releases Tariq Owens from NLI

Apr 25, 2014, 6:10 PM EDT

After weeks of holding on out on releasing him from his national letter of intent, Ohio has finally granted senior forward Tariq Owens a release from the school, according to a report from Alex Kline of the Recruit Scoop.

Rivals lists the 6-foot-8 Owens as a three-star prospect and the native of Maryland could have been a major addition for an Ohio team coming off of a 25-win season but Owens wanted to open up his options after former head coach Jim Christian left for Boston College and Ohio got North Dakota State head coach Saul Phillips.

It was reported early in April by‘s Evan Daniels that Owens was being refused his release by Ohio athletic director Jim Schaus. Owens was even prepared to sit out for a season if Ohio refused to release him. But it appears the Bobcats have done the right thing and let Owens go on his way.

Will Owens now give a look to former head coach Jim Christian at Boston College now that the former Ohio coach is in the ACC?

  1. lawson1974 - Apr 25, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    Dont sign the NLI unless you are sure.

  2. watchfullhose - Apr 25, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    This kid has bust written all over him

  3. jeaglet1 - Apr 26, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    Ohio asked he meet the new coach before releasing him. He met the coach last weekend. After that meeting he took a week to decide, asked for and was granted his release. Don’t make it sound like the school was just sitting on this.

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