11W's Kyle Rowland is reporting that Najee Murray has been granted a release from the football team and will be leaving the program. Murray had previously been reported to have been dismissed from the team, but an official team spokesman and Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer had only confirmed he had been suspended for a "training camp issue". Rowland also reports that Murray could ultimately land at a MAC or Pac-12 school following his release.
We had previously written that players outside of the starting lineup would need to be extra careful to not run afoul of team rules, considering the scholarship crunch the team is facing, recruiting wise, and with Meyer's reputation at stake. Murray's departure could ding the team's depth in the defensive backfield and on special teams, but if that scholarship can be used on another blue chipper for next year's NCAA sanctions scholarship capped 2014 class, it shouldn't adversely impact the team's future too terribly much.
Murray played six games last season, and recorded 3 solo tackles. We wish him the best of luck in the next chapter of his football playing career.