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West Virginia's Murray arrested for possession

Posted on: December 22, 2011 12:58 pm
Edited on: December 22, 2011 2:18 pm
 

By Jeff Borzello and Jeff Goodman

UPDATE, 2:17 p.m. ET. Bob Huggins released the following statement. It reads in full: “I’ve been alerted about the situation and the matter will be handled internally.”

West Virginia junior forward Aaric Murray was arrested Thursday morning in Philadelphia and charged with possession of narcotics. 

Police spokesperson Tanya Little confirmed that the 22-year-old Murray, a Philadelphia native who is sitting out this season after transferring from La Salle, was arrested at 9:50 a.m. on the 1700 block of South 20th St. and is currently being held on bail.

Calls to West Virginia coach Bob Huggins, who is in Las Vegas for a tournament, weren't immediately returned. The Mountaineers play Missouri State in the Las Vegas Classic Thursday at 8 p.m. ET. 

The 6-foot-10 center, a highly touted recruit coming out of high school, averaged 15.2 points and 7.7 rebounds during his sophomore season at La Salle. Murray chose West Virginia over Oklahoma State and Kansas last spring, and was sitting out this year due to NCAA transfer regulations.

In high school, Murray attended the Glen Mills School, which is for adjudicated delinquents, normally placed there by the courts. At La Salle, Murray and head coach John Giannini did not see eye to eye on many occasions and Murray - a Top 50 recruit coming out of high school - was benched at times.

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Comments

Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: December 22, 2011 5:16 pm
 

West Virginia's Murray arrested for possession

Give it a rest, greydog.  Your hatred precedes you.  Maybe you should have read Loogieman's post instead of just posting up your usual crap.  You have a lot of nerve, judging who is garbage and who isn't.  My opinion of you is garbage.  How about that?



Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: December 22, 2011 5:16 pm
 

The Ethics of Huggins (Purdue doesn't compare)

(so-called) scholar, did you see the post about the indiscretions of Purdue players?  You could find articles about athletes attending every major college, but for some reason the haters have to come after Huggins as if he is responsible for every action of every player on his teams.

No one is attempting to make culpable Huggins for the actions of his players, but a history of the character of players he as deemed acceptable to warrant a college scholarship does deserve scrutiny; if nothing else, it demonstrates that he is a poor judge of character (who tolerated the academic results for a prolonged time at Cincy).  The level of criminal severity that existed in his past rosters far exceeds any other prominant college coach.  Notice that I did not cite the criminal activity of the players and attempt to make Huggins liable for those actions; rather, I spoke specifically of his recruitment actions, of which he should take ownership (e.g. Huggins was aware of Murray's insubordination at La Salle and still decided that the talent-benefit outweighed any negative-cost/risk); again, it is within ojective observers' right to, at a minimum, question his judgement.

Of course we can all go to the local police blotter of a large university town and find some student athletes that show up in arrest reports.  Having said that, Purdue is certainly no different and has had a handful of players find themselves in non-violent, misdemeanor trouble (which, for the record, starkly contrasts with that of the heavy, violent crimes charged against players that Huggins seems to find--just another observation).  In the final analysis, it is a farce to attempt an ethical comparison between that of modern Purdue coaches' records of quality academic and civil student athletes (coaches that include Matt Painter, Gene Keady, Joe Tiller, and Danny Hope) versus that of Huggins; Huggins simply loses in the ethical comparison (not only against modern Purdue coaches, but against most other major/mid-major coaches).  

Anyone can find students on a team roster who made mistakes; that's not the issue.  The issue is the person who repeatedly recruits this caliber of player and developes a history of doing so, especially when the players exhibit warning signs/recent histories of insubordination/lawlessness.



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 5:15 pm
 

West Virginia's Murray arrested for possession

What makes these people trash? Is it because you say so? He has a long history of trying to bring troubled young men to college in hopes of making their life better because he understands they have a future! Who is crying? Im not regardless of what you say he does a great job. It doesnt matter anyway im sure he isnt doing his job in hopes he will finally gain YOUR support LOL! Go on and keep hating on him if you want but im sure thats not going to change the fact that he will continue to do what he does and do it well!



Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: December 22, 2011 5:13 pm
 

West Virginia's Murray arrested for possession

Actually, you are right, novagoodman.  The BE absolutely doesn't want to lose their cash-cow - the only football school that can compete on a national stage with the other top schools, the only school that can get a decent showing of fans for a bowl game, the only BE school (other than Louisville once) to win a BCS bowl game.  That is why they are using every trick in the book to try to keep WVU for two more years, so they will still have one football school that fans watch on TV.  Just think how much money the basketball only schools will lose once they can't tap into all that TV money they are now getting from the only nationally prominent football program in the BE.



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 5:06 pm
 

West Virginia's Murray arrested for possession

Loogieman - Here's a truth you might want to consider before you continue to cry that it's not HuggyBear's fault - when you recruit trash you get trashy behavior. Huggins has a long history of gravitating to guys like that.



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 5:02 pm
 

West Virginia's Murray arrested for possession

Is it your fault your cousin commits a murder? If your son robbed a bank? If your brother in law rapes a woman? Absolutly NOT! You cant hold Huggins accountable for the decision of another adult. Of course you tell your kids not to smoke but when they become of age and feel they want to its on them. You do the best you can to guide these young men down the right path but they have to go down that path on their own. Huggins does the best he can with what he has and thats the truth. You people set back and judge him as if you could do any better.....if you could that would be your profession but I havent seen any of you in the Final Four! You talk like you are Jesus himself without flaw and perfect! We have coaches molesting children but instead of talking about that its talks of Huggins reputation because a grown man decides to make a bad chioce! Huggins was 2000 miles away and as much as he would probaly like to he cant hold their hands and lead them through every bad moment at some point these people have to be men and do that all alone. He who is without sin let them cast the 1st stone! Love you Huggins and I think you do a great job!




Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 5:01 pm
 

West Virginia's Murray arrested for possession

Smurph, you have a good point. Many other top bkb programs aren't loaded with scholars. But nobody - not anybody - with the exception of legendary outlaw Jerry Tarkanian can match Huggins record of trolling for criminals and morons. When you're at the absolute bottom of the scale along with Tark the Shark, that's not much of a status to pound your chest about.



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: December 22, 2011 4:54 pm
 

West Virginia's Murray arrested for possession

I'm not saying this is the way it should be just the way it is. Huggins was hired to win games... PERIOD ! Not to produce quality students.




Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 4:52 pm
 

West Virginia's Murray arrested for possession

Gee, maybe they should've gone to the SEC after all. The Big East is just sick over losing such a quality institution.



Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: December 22, 2011 4:48 pm
 

West Virginia's Murray arrested for possession

Good point graydog.  All the other top-25 college basketball programs are putting out doctors, lawyers, and scholars.  WVU is the only top program where they are basketball players hoping for a shot at the NBA.  Every other school is only concerned with doctors, lawyers and scholars.  In fact, I'll bet you can name hundreds of basketball players from the top 25 college programs who went on to be doctors, lawyers, and scholars..............Welllllllllll

lllllllll..................we're waiting.


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