Schiano originally blocked Savage from speaking to Miami and Florida, but following a lengthy discussion made the decision to clear him for both schools.
"Even though the committee denied his appeal, I told him it would be ok if he wanted to contact Florida or Miami," Schiano said. "Tom's been a great member of this program, of this family, for two years, and listening to all his reasoning, I just thought that was the right thing to do.
"So, that's where it is right now. I don't know where it's going to wind up, but I did give him permission to be contacted by those two schools."
The case was heard by a three-member appeals committee, which consists of Rutgers professors. Schiano said the changed stance came after a lengthy one-on-one conversation with Savage.
"He has family in Florida, and really (has a) desire to have a fresh start out of this immediate area," Schiano said. "Tom's been a great member of this family. I wish that he was remaining with us …but I just feel it's the right thing to do.
"Tom has done everything right for us. He's never given me any issues. He's always been an unselfish teammate. Really, we have a great relationship."
Savage did not return a phone call seeking comment.
He is taking the semester off to decide on a school to transfer to. It is possible he could return to Rutgers, but it is highly unlikely.
"I don't know if it is zero (chance), but I don't think it's pretty high," Schiano said. "He just feels like he wants to get a fresh start."
Savage was the starter in 2009 and began the 2010 season as the Scarlet Knights' starter. He injured his hand Oct. 2 against Tulane and missed two weeks, but never regained his starting position.
He announced earlier this month he was transferring from Rutgers.
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