Shawn Lemon requested reinstatement to the team, and coach Rob Ianello granted it. Here is a statement from Lemon:
I would like to apologize to my teammates, the coaching staff and Athletic Director Tom Wistrcill for the poor and abrupt request to be released from my scholarship. I made an emotional decision and exercised poor judgment without fully considering the consequences of my actions. After realizing the error in my ways, I asked (head football) Coach (Rob) Ianello for the opportunity to be reinstated. I am very appreciative of the second chance that I am receiving to remain a member of the Akron Football program. I know we are embarking on an exciting time, and I am looking forward to helping the team in any way possible. I also want to apologize for allowing an internal issue within our football family to become public; I now fully realize how fortunate I am to be a student-athlete who represents The University of Akron.