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Holloway Situation

I have a couple thoughts on this situation from personal experience. Rather than making multiple replies (that are way too long) in various threads and articles, I thought I would just write them out in a fanpost. I know this makes two fanposts in one day. I apologize in advance for the frequency of my posts.

For starters, I played basketball in college (not at Ole Miss). Chill out, not bragging, just saying I have some firsthand experience. I use the term "play" loosely. Mostly I practiced and then sat on the bench. There have been a few things about this situation that I think most people don't understand:

1) Scholarships benefit the school more than the player. This is a concept most people do understand. Scholarships are renewable on a year-by-year basis, which I think is ludicrous. Most programs will keep a guy for four years, however, some programs (see: Ole Miss) don't have a problem cutting a guy if he fails to meet the expectations of the coaches when it comes to on-court performance. (Advantage: school). Sucks for the player, and to be honest, is not really even fair.

2) AK and the administration are just big, mean jerks who hate Murph and don't want him to "be all he can be" in basketball. Wrong, wrong, wrong. I don't know, but if I was betting, there had to be some reason the school wouldn't let him go to Clemson. I would guess Clemson was on him before he ever even talked with the coaches about transferring. When I played, there was a guy who played for a rival team in our conference. Our team was good, his not so much. He was all-conference and lit us up for 30+ points, however, we always beat his team and they usually finished near the bottom of the standings. Word got out that he wanted to transfer after the semester midway through the season that year. Guess where he ended up? Our school, and helped lead us to a conference title the next year. Our coaches let him know they would welcome him with open arms if he just happened to want to come play for them. Things like this go on all the time.

3) Murph will be stuck in the sticks playing for Low Country U and never get exposure now! Wrong, again. It was already announced today that he is going to SC. How could that happen? Well, he just has to sit out a year and pay his own way as a walk-on. Then, they can put him on schollie the next year. AK's hardcore blocking of those two schools really didn't do much at all now did it. What was all that hand-wringing about again? Seems like things ended up just fine. "But Murph comes from a family that can't afford to pay for a year of schooling at USC." Well, don't cry for Murph Argentina. It is well-known that athletes get plenty of perks. At our school, guys on the team could do work-study programs and make about ten bucks an hour doing things like "monitoring the athletic weightroom." Monitoring the athletic weightroom meant flirting with the women's volleyball team while they did pilates in spandex. Not to mention that most big programs have plenty of boosters that love helping meet the tuition (or frivoulous spending) needs of athletes. Murph will be fine.

4) But should schools really even be able to choose where a kid can transfer to? Yes, I think they should. Most schools are reasonable about this, and in my opinion, AK and Pete Boone were justified in their decision if they knew  Clemson had been on Murph early. If there was no tampering, then they look like tools. I think they had reasonable doubt, so they did what they should have. I am sure Murphy wants to help be their for his daughter- he always seemed like a real good guy. However, I think he wanted out of Ole Miss as well, for whatever he reason. Honestly, someone at Ole Miss would have a found a good place to put Murph, his child, and his baby momma up at if he had wanted to stay. Schools putting limits on transfers helps keep things from spiraling out of control. If the changes that a lot of the media are calling for were put into place (i.e. a kid could transfer anywhere as long as he had a reason that sounded legit- baby, family member in poor health, etc), a lot of star players would mysteriously start having some sick family members all over the place. I don't think we want to see a day where someone like Terrico can come in, play lights out for a year, then transfer to Memphis without any restrictions because Coach Pastner started calling him and telling him he needed to come play for him. The way it is now, a kid can still transfer, but a school being able to restrict where he can go will make them think twice about it.

Sorry this was so long. Just my two cents. I think the situation was handled well. Most Ole Miss fans, I think, are upset because we all loved Murph and had a sentimental attachment to him since he was the only one who seemed like he cared most of the time. I don't know all the details, but I imagine there was stuff going on behind the scenes that motivated the block to Clemson. It worked out in the end- he ends up at USC, which is closer to his hometown anyway. Eventually, Ole Miss took the worst of this, because we lost a solid post player AND will have to play against him in two years.

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