Monday, September 11, 2000

Some IU players looking at UC

Enquirer news services

        INDIANAPOLIS — Just before Indiana University president Myles Brand announced he was firing 29-year coach Bob Knight Sunday, the entire basketball team marched into Conference Room 322 at Indiana University/Purdue University-Indianapolis, glassy-eyed.

        As Brand read his decision, the Hoosiers — lined up just feet from the opposite ends of the table where Brand was seated — folded their arms and shook their heads. Junior Jarrad Odle appeared to cry. Freshman A.J. Moye pulled his T-shirt over his face, then crumpled to the floor, his back against the wall. Junior center Kirk Haston bowed his head.

        An Atlanta native, Moye said his mother told him representatives from Georgia Tech, Cincinnati, Iowa State and other teams had been calling since late last week. Sunday morning, she told Moye the phone was “ringing off the hook.”

        “But I really don't want to play for anyone else but Coach,” Moye said. “I'm going to have to sit down and weigh my options, continue fielding calls and see who (IU) tries to bring in. I didn't see this day coming.”

        One of the problems with transferring to another Division I program is IU players would have to sit out a season and lose a year of eligibility. Haston shrugged.

        “If you think about it, I'd rather have one year of eligibility to play on a contending team than two years' eligibility on a team that's completely rebuilt and has seven guys leave,” he said. “It's just something we'll have to think about if it comes to that.”

        Outside the conference room, sophomore Jeffrey Newton and freshman Jared Jeffries met.

        “Where you going?” Jeffries asked Newton.

        “Don't know yet; maybe Cincinnati,” Newton said.

        “Let's go,” Jeffries said.

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