Purdue passes on summer school payments for transferring center

Sandi Marcius, center, is leaving Purdue but his case has become one with some controversy. (USATSI)

Purdue junior Sandi Marcius is seeking a transfer from the school. He's also on pace to graduate in less than four years if he completes summer classes -- meaning he has one more year of eligibility left to play D-I hoops. But as the Indianapolis Star reports, there are issues surrounding this decision.

But with his choice to leave, there is no obligation from the school to keep paying for his education. As of now, Purdue has opted not to extend the scholarship for Marcius beyond the end of this spring semester, according to a report in the Journal & Courier. If Marcius is to earn his undergraduate diploma at Purdue, he'll do it on his own accord, with his own money. A loan is an option, too. The price tag to finish out his degree is in the thousands, naturally.

This has now caused a small stir over whether or not Purdue should pay out Marcius' scholarship to finish school. Marcius announced earlier in April that he'd be leaving Purdue, but it's only this week that the issue of his scholarship -- or impending lack of one -- has become widely known. The transfer-rule exception for graduating seniors (where you don't have to sit a year if you want to leave after finishing your undergrad courses) is striking again.

This is one way coaches/athletic departments can fight back if they choose, though in Marcius' case it's rare. Fifth-year transfers (which Marcius is; he's already served a redshirt year and only has one year of eligibility left) have become more common in the past few years in college hoops due to a change in legislation that allows no wait period for that one year of hoops.

It's the very reason DeAndre Kane is transferring from Marshall. By delaying the possibility of Marcius graduating this summer, he'd lose his chance at having eligibility to play anywhere else next season.

Here was Purdue coach Matt Painter's statement in light of Marcius' transfer choice on April 11.

"We have invested four years and significant resources into helping Sandi develop from both an educational and athletic standpoint. Certainly, having Sandi here for a fifth year was in our plans and we anticipated him having a great final year in our program. We wish him the best in his future endeavors."

The statement is clearly laced with some frustration over Marcius departing. On Monday, Painter told the Journal & Courier, "I control the roster, but [athletic director Morgan Burke] controls grant and aid money."

It doesn't seem Marcius will have the easiest of solutions to his problem, which stems from the simple desire to leave and play one more year of basketball somewhere else. Purdue is also losing Anthony Johnson and Jacob Lawson to transfer.

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