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Arkansas grants Rotnei Clarke his release

Posted on: June 21, 2011 9:23 am
Edited on: June 21, 2011 10:08 am
 
By Jeff Goodman

Rotnei Clarke is free.

Arkansas leading scorer, who has twice asked to be released since John Pelphrey was fired, was given his release by Razorbacks athletic director Jeff Long yesterday.

Clarke confirmed the news to CBSSports.com on Monday. Arkansas also put out a statement shortly after Clarke met with Long in the afternoon.

"Upon receiving a written request and meeting with him today, as part of our review process, it is clear to me that it is in the best interests of everyone for Rotnei to continue his academic and athletic career elsewhere," Long said in the statement. "We wish him well and hope that he finds what he is searching for at a new institution."

Now it’ll be interesting to see where Clarke, who has one year of eligibility remaining, ends up.

The 6-foot Clarke averaged 15.2 points per game this past season and while he’s considered one of the elite shooters in the nation, he began to expand his game this past year.

Back in the day, prior to committing to Arkansas, Clarke also considered Gonzaga, Kentucky, in-state schools Oklahoma and Oklahoma State as well as Tulsa and Oral Roberts.

 
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Comments

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: June 30, 2011 11:31 am
 

Arkansas grants Rotnei Clarke his release

Mike Anderson is a class guy who runs a good,clean program. He will do just fine at Arkansas. Clarke will probably end up at Butler or OU.



Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: June 23, 2011 3:13 pm
 

Arkansas grants Rotnei Clarke his release

smg, you must have misread the article.  Arkansas didn't drop basketball.  It looked like they might have to drop it becasue they didn't have enough players.  But then they reinstated all the gang-rapists, so no problem.



Since: Mar 6, 2007
Posted on: June 23, 2011 2:53 pm
 

Arkansas grants Rotnei Clarke his release

leave your sisters bedroom and you may learn something


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Since: Sep 20, 2008
Posted on: June 23, 2011 12:47 pm
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Since: Mar 6, 2007
Posted on: June 23, 2011 9:33 am
 

Arkansas grants Rotnei Clarke his release

Mardeques Wade
Julyess Nobles
Ky Madden
BJ Young
Ricky Scott

are all athletic, fast and all have the components to excel in Anderson's system.  Clarke on the other hand is a one dimensional player that would never be on the floor to play defense.  Clarke knows he is not ready for the NBA or any other pro league right now, he needs one more year to develop his game if he wants to play at the next level.  With him transferring he gained that extra year.  He would of had less playing time this year especially if Young and Madden are as good as advertised. 

My only complaint is Clarke did a lot for this University and should of left on better terms.  Its sad that he and this crack pot blogger turned the strory into something when it wasn't.  Arkanss was going to grant his release.  the Clarke camp burned a lot of bridges and had a plan I just hope it works out for them. 



Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: June 22, 2011 8:57 pm
 

Arkansas grants Rotnei Clarke his release

Clarke's complaint that he doesn't want to play up-tempo basketball may be only half the reason – the first component of "40 minutes of Hell" has always been strong man-to-man defense and a two-platoon approach.  Could that be where little Rotnei doesn't see himself fitting in?

 



Since: Mar 6, 2007
Posted on: June 22, 2011 11:20 am
 

Arkansas grants Rotnei Clarke his release

Clarke will end up wherever his dad lands a job.  I expect it will be a small christian school in Texas or Oklahomo.  Its easier to manipulate and con bible thumpers. 



Since: Mar 2, 2007
Posted on: June 22, 2011 11:16 am
 

Arkansas grants Rotnei Clarke his release

Lon Kruger loves transfers and hates up-tempo basketball.

Rotnei Clarke is transferring because he didn't want to play up-tempo basketball.

Match made in Heaven...or at least Norman.




Since: Feb 5, 2007
Posted on: June 22, 2011 9:30 am
 

Arkansas grants Rotnei Clarke his release

As a non-Memphis Tiger fan who happens to live in Memphis and watched the Coach Cal dodge and dart out of town show, all I can say is be very careful about throwing stones. Kentucky could be headed to the Coach Cal days; lots of hype, no championship, and wins wiped away. I know the argument; he was never found guilty of anything at UofM, but it seems trouble follows him everywhere he goes.



Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: June 22, 2011 12:40 am
 

Arkansas grants Rotnei Clarke his release

The title of this article is very misleading... I opened the link expecting it to be something about Rotnei Clarke's possible choices of what to do next. However, all I see is a quote that I found yesterday on the Razorbacks' website. Nice reporting here...


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