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April 29, 2012
Running back Aaron Green leaving Nebraska
The final week of classes at Nebraska usually brings along with it at least one player transferring.
HuskerOnline.com confirmed on Sunday night that sophomore running back Aaron Green will be leaving Nebraska after final exams this week.
According to Green's father Tony Green his son has requested his scholarship release from NU head coach Bo Pelini. Pelini also officially confirmed Green will pursue other options in a written statement on Monday morning.
"It was a very difficult decision for him," Tony Green said. "He's very tight with his brother (Andrew Green) which made this even more difficult. It's also been difficult on me and his mother. We really wanted him to stay, but in the end he had to make his own decision. It's not mine to make. He's got to be happy. It just wasn't meant to be for him and he's got to make his own decision."
Tony Green said Aaron is looking at Oklahoma, Baylor, Texas Tech, TCU and Houston as potential transfer options.
Tony Green said it was very difficult on Pelini to see Green leave, because he showed so much promise this spring.
"Coach (Pelini) didn't want him to leave and I didn't want him to leave," Tony Green said. "Towards the end though (Pelini) was pretty understanding of his decision."
Maybe the hardest part though was for Aaron Green to break the news to his older brother Andrew Green, who is currently a junior cornerback for the Huskers.
Tony Green said Andrew obviously didn't want to see his younger brother leave the program.
"Obviously I would've loved to see them stay together," Tony Green sad. "It just doesn't always work that way. You have to do what makes people happy. Needless to say we'll have to figure out how to make it to two different destinations on a football Saturday."
As a true freshman Aaron Green was a back-up to All-Big Ten running back Rex Burkhead. In a limited role this fall he had 25 touches for 130 yards and three touchdowns. In 2012 Green was expected to take on a bigger role behind Burkhead, along with fellow sophomore Ameer Abdullah.
Green will have to sit out the 2012 season with a redshirt due to NCAA transfer rules, but after that he'll have three years of eligibility remaining. Tony Green said he hopes Aaron can learn something through this whole experience.
"I would like to say he learned a little bit of patience, because he's not a very patient person," Tony Green said. "It wasn't a problem with Rex (Burkhead) or anything, he thinks the world of Rex - he just wasn't happy. He didn't feel like he fit in their system."