Former Ole Miss basketball player Murphy Holloway could end up at his neighborhood SEC school, South Carolina, in spite of the restrictions placed on his transfer by Ole Miss.
Holloway announced on April 30 he was leaving Ole Miss and wanted to transfer closer to his home in Irmo, S.C., about 12 miles from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, to assist in raising his six-month old daughter.
The Ole Miss administration told Holloway it would not allow his transfer to South Carolina, an SEC rival it faces once each regular season, or Clemson – an ACC school in Greenville, S.C., roughly two hours away – that it suspected of pursuing Holloway before terms of his release was finalized.
The restrictions mean Holloway could not immediately be on scholarship at those schools.
Today, Holloway will hold a press conference at his old high school to announce his intention to enroll at South Carolina and joint the basketball program without an athletics-based scholarship, according to The State, the Columbia, S.C., newspaper.
If that proves true, it represents a change of mind for Holloway, who previously told the newspaper he did not intend to walk on.
By paying his own tuition and expenses, Holloway could sit out next season and be eligible to be on scholarship for his final two seasons of college basketball.
Holloway was the SEC’s fifth-leading rebounder last season, averaging 7.6 per game. He was fifth in the SEC with 50 steals and was the Rebels’ third-leading scorer at 10.1 points a game.
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