Running back Charles Sims told FOX 26 Sports he officially received his release from the University of Houston, but he is undecided about what will happen next.
Sims said the release will not allow him to transfer to another school within the American Athletic Conference, to any school on UH's schedule in 2013 or any FBS or FCS school in Texas.
"I feel good," Sims said. "It's over. "I can finally stop stressing about the whole situation, just go about what I have to do for the future.
"It's a lot of pressure off of me. I was taking it day by day. Now that it's over I'm happy. I know my family is happy. We're going to sit down and talk about my next decision in the near future."
Sims, who has already graduated with a degree in Health Education, did not go into detail why he chose to leave the University of Houston.
"I enjoyed myself the whole four years," Sims said. "I just decided I wanted to move on to the next chapter in my life.
"I did what's most important, I graduated. I just want to thank the University of Houston for the four years they gave me. If it wasn't for the University of Houston I wouldn't be here today.
Sims has the option of transferring to another school that fits the stipulations of his release and be immediately eligible to play or he can make himself available for the NFL Supplemental Draft.
"As of right now we're undecided," Sims said. "We're going to sit down as a family and talk and discuss my options. We are going to weigh my options.
Sims said the possibility exists that he could make himself available for the NFL Supplemental draft.
"Somewhat," Sims said. "Somewhat, yes."
Two weeks ago Sims informed UH he did not want to return to the Cougars for his final year of eligibility.
He said he was not ready to discuss which schools might interest him should he choose to continue his college football career.
"I'm wide open," Sims said. "I'm wide open. I'm just going to sit down with the family and discuss the future.
"It's going to be pretty hard, but I'm sure we'll get through that obstacle. Right now we're undecided."
In nine game last season for Houston Sims led the Cougars in rushing with 851 yards and 11 touchdowns, averaging six yards per carry.
He was also fourth on the team in receiving with 37 catches for 373 yards and three touchdowns.
"I appreciate the opportunity they gave me while I was at UH," Sims said. ""I appreciate everything that they did for me for the four years I was there.
"At the same I felt like it was best for me to move on to the next chapter in my life. I'm a Cougar for life."
Sims said he plans to make a decision on his future within the next three weeks.
"We appreciate and thank Charles for his hard work and contributions to our program during the last four years," UH coach Tony Levine said in a statement released by the school.
"We wish him and his family all the best."