CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Sophomore offensive guard Jared Cohen announced in a Twitter post on Monday that he had received his official release from North Carolina, citing a poor fit for his decision to leave the program.
A school official was unable to immediately confirm the news on Monday evening.
The Owings Mills, Md. native played in all 13 games as a true freshman in 2014, including starts against Clemson and East Carolina. He was expected to be a top reserve at guard this fall.
UNC announced that Cohen was taking an indefinite personal leave of absence on Aug. 3. Offensive line coach Chris Kapilovic told reporters in late August that the plan was for Cohen to rejoin the program in January, if not sooner.
“I felt like the school and myself didn’t fit together for various reasons,” Cohen wrote in his tweet. “This led to me deciding not to return for the 2015 season.”
Cohen’s release leaves the Tar Heels without a scholarship offensive lineman in the sophomore class in 2016.