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Kansas State finally releases Leticia Romero

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

One of the biggest stories in college basketball over the past month has been the saga of Leticia Romero, a star guard for Kansas State's women's basketball team.

Romero requested a release from the Wildcats after the school fired head coach Deb Patterson, who had recruited her from Spain to Manhattan. She was denied amid tampering accusations aimed at the previous coaching staff, and then an appeals committee also turned down her release.

On Tuesday, though, Kansas State announced it was granting Romero's release.

This announcement comes just one week after the school announced the appeals committee's decision was final.

"Thus, the university process concludes with the appeals committee's decision," school vice president Jeffrey Morris said at the time. Also, the final and binding nature of these decisions does not allow for them to be overturned by university administrators."

Romero averaged 14.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.9 assists last season, as Kansas State struggled to an 11-19 finish. Patterson and her three former assistant coaches are now at Northern Colorado.

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