By Parrish Alford/ NEMS Daily Journal
Former Ole Miss basketball player Murphy Holloway is not being allowed to transfer to Clemson, because the Ole Miss coaching staff suspects tampering by the Atlantic Coast Conference school before Holloway was officially granted a release, a source close to the basketball program said today.
Holloway announced last Friday that he was leaving Ole Miss to transfer to a school closer to his Irmo, S.C., home to assist in the care of his six-month old daughter.
Word began to circulate over the weekend that Holloway – Mr. Basketball in South Carolina in 2008 — would transfer to Clemson, a school roughly two hours away from Irmo that did not recruit him heavily out of high school.
Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy and athletics director Pete Boone, who was out of town earlier this week, did not meet to discuss what restrictions might be placed on Holloway’s transfer until the middle of the week.
No restrictions were placed on former player Malcolm White, a Louisiana native, who transferred following the 2008-2009 season, and White ended up at SEC West rival LSU.
On Saturday, just hours after Holloway met with media in Oxford and said he did not know where he might transfer, The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C., cited a source close to Holloway in reporting that Holloway would “likely land” at Clemson.
Holloway was the SEC’s fifth-leading rebounder last year with 7.6 per game. He also averaged 10.1 points. In two seasons at Ole Miss he appeared in 65 games with 47 starts, totaling 606 points, 464 rebounds, 86 steals and 33 blocked shots.