Former Connecticut linebacker Jefferson Ashiru, who left the Huskies midway through last season, has transferred to Maryland and will be eligible immediately, the school announced in a release. Ashiru, a graduate transfer, will be pursuing his master's degree in real estate development at Maryland. Ashiru's exit from Storrs came under mysterious circumstances. In late November, before a game against Cincinnati, the school announced that Ashiru was no longer a member of the program. Tayo Ashiru told Brian Koonz, sports columnist for Hearst Connecticut Media Group, that his son had been "forced" out of the program. Huskies coach Bob Diaco told Koonz that Jefferson Ashiru "decided that he didn't want to be on the team anymore. I didn't decide it. He decided it." Father heard otherwise. "I asked him, 'Is this true? Are you tired of football? What is the story?' I wanted to know what was going on," Ashiru told Koonz. "He told me, 'No, Daddy. I love football.' That's what he told me. He said Diaco and the coaches were coming up to him at practice, yelling at him, and asking him, 'Do you love football? Do you love football?' He said, 'They want to get rid of me.' When he went back to his room, he told me he cried in a way he had never cried in his life." The 6-foot-2, 230-pound Ashiru started 18 games total for the Huskies, recording 107 tackles over three years. As a junior in 2014, he recorded 47 tackles (3.5 for losses) and an interception. In 2013, Ashiru finished fifth on the team with 58 tackles and tied for third with eight tackles for losses.