Bamiro exhausts eligibility, will enter NFL free agency

Michael Bamiro

July 9, 2013

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Michael Bamiro, a member of the Stony Brook football team and recent graduate of the University, has officially exhausted his eligibility, it was announced on Monday, July 8. As a result, Bamiro will not compete for the Seawolves in 2013.

Bamiro has entered into free agency and is eligible to sign an NFL contract.

"We are going to miss Mike on the field and off," coach Chuck Priore said. "He's been a great leader and role model for our program both as a student and athlete. We expect he will have a long and successful playing career and wish him great success as he pursues all his goals after Stony Brook."

After enrolling at Stony Brook, Bamiro redshirted in 2009 and competed in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Prior to his arrival at Stony Brook, Bamiro enrolled at a junior college in Pittsburgh in 2008. That institution did not sponsor football, but Bamiro was enrolled as a full-time student. According to NCAA bylaws, Bamiro's attendance officially started his five-year clock.

At the end of the 2012-13 academic year, Stony Brook sought a waiver from the NCAA requesting that Bamiro be granted an extension to his five-year clock. The University was recently informed that his waiver was denied.

Bamiro graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism in May.

Bamiro was the third person in his family to graduate from Stony Brook. His brother, David, played football and was invited to Minnesota Vikings training camp. His brother, Solomon, played basketball and was signed by the Harlem Globetrotters.