Former Tennessee men's basketball player Emmanuel Negedu said he signed with New Mexico on Monday.
"I signed this morning,'' Negedu said on the News Sentinel Sports Page radio show. "When everything happened, and they said I couldn't play basketball anymore, I felt like I was dead.
"Now, I feel like my life is getting back to me.''
Negedu, who suffered a cardiac event in the indoor football facility on UT's campus Sept. 28, 2009, wanted to stay and play at Tennessee.
Vols athletic director Mike Hamilton denied the request.
UT men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl said he wishes Negedu well, but he supports the university's position.
"We would prefer he stay here and finish his degree, because we're concerned for his health,'' Pearl said. "We wish him well, but I stand by Tennessee's position as far as not clearing him to play.
"I also understand why Emmanuel wants to continue to play basketball. As I said, we all wish him well.''
Negedu has three years of eligibility remaining and is expected to request an NCAA waiver that would allow him to play immediately.