Colorado head football coach Mike MacIntyre said Sebastian Olver's departure from the team was "bizarre" and that he's disappointed to see the freshman return home to Australia.
CU announced on Tuesday that Olver, a true freshman tight end/defensive end, had left the team. After practice on Thursday morning, MacIntyre talked about the situation for the first time.
"He just left, that's all I can say," MacIntyre said. "It was really kind of bizarre. I wish him the very best, but it was disappointing when he left.
"We worked really, extremely hard with him and had to jump through a lot of hoops ... to come over here. It's extremely disappointing. I think it's a huge mistake on his part, but kids make choices and now he's got to live with it and we'll move on."
Olver, who is from Brisbane, Australia, came to the United States two years ago and played two seasons at Marin Catholic High School in Kentfield, Calif. He signed a national letter of intent with CU in February. After high school, he went home this summer to Australia to wait for his student visa to be renewed.
Last month, Olver finally got his student visa approved and told BuffZone.com that he was excited and relieved.
"I've sacrificed a lot to come to America and play football," he said last month. "This has been my dream and it was on hold for a while there, and it was scary. I just want to play football. I want to get on the field and I want to get to work."
Olver arrived in Boulder last week and apparently went through CU's first practice on Saturday and then decided to leave.
A year ago, CU had a true freshman cornerback, Ca'Ron Baham, leave the team just before the start of camp. Baham had gone through CU's summer bridge program and the Buffs were unable to use that scholarship after he left.
Olver's situation is different in that he never took classes at CU, so the Buffs will put in a request to keep the scholarship and hopefully use it to reward a walk-on.
"One of these guys out here deserves to get that scholarship," MacIntyre said.
MacIntyre added there is no chance Olver will come back to CU.