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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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Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 4:30 pm

West Virginia's Murray arrested for possession

What the eager defenders of HuggyBear adamantly overlook (or don't care to admit) is that he turns the entire concept of a college education into a farce. He recruits morons who can dribble and dunk but are not college students. (How many doctors, lawyers, engineers, teachers, etc. have been on his rosters?) His players have been on more criminal arrest records than on university honor rolls. If he's such a great basketball coach then he should be in the NBA, where there's no pretense about academics. Cincinnati tolerated this embarassment as long as they could, then finally fired him. WVU looked at his tawdry record, his disregard of academics, and decided that was exactly what they wanted. Huggins is a blight on what could be regarded as a fine university.

Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: December 22, 2011 4:11 pm
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Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: December 22, 2011 4:10 pm

West Virginia's Murray arrested for possession

I just knew this article would bring out the closed-minded Huggins haters.  (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.  Magna Cum Laude, Academic All-American, 4th most wins among active coaches, and yes one DUI arrest.  Are you smart enough to understand what a 28% graduation rate means?  It means that JC transfers are not included.  It means that a kid that leaves school early to go to the NBA is counted as part of the 72%, even if he comes back and gets his degree later.  Every basketball player who did not leave the program early to transfer or for the NBA, has graduated on time or ahead of time since Huggins has been at WVU.  Cast the first stone, sinner.  Then look in the mirror and see if you can improve what you see.  Focus on that and spend less time hating.  You can do it.

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 3:38 pm

West Virginia's Murray arrested for possession

WVU knew all of this but hired him anyway. His Cincy teams were collections of illiterate thugs, and WVU looked at his record and said, "Yup, just what we're looking for. Just in, baby. Just win."

Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: December 22, 2011 3:23 pm

West Virginia's Murray arrested for possession

"Coach Huggins was forced to resign from the University of Cincinnati after 16 seasons in August 2005.  Not for lack of wins, but in University President Nancy Zimpher’s words, a lack of character. 

 In all, according to the University of Cincinnati, there had been no less than 21 players under Coach Huggins who have had, to use their term, “significant encounters with law enforcement.”  These “encounters” included arrests for domestic violence, rape and DUI.  One guy even punched a police horse.   Another, Donald Little, taped his roommate to a lawn chair, threw weights at his head, clubbed him with a whiskey bottle and burned him with a heated coat hanger.  He then stabbed him for good measure.   

 Even after his contract was not extended in May 2005, and Huggins was considered to be on probation by the university, he still saw an incoming player charged with statutory rape, less than a month after forward Roy Bright was arrested for bringing a concealed weapon on campus.

 As for academics, 27 of 95 Huggins' players graduated from Cincinnati or another university in his 16 years.  That’s a 28% graduation rate overall, including those students who transferred.  Huggins also had four seasons where the NCAA reported the Cincinnati men’s basketball graduation rate to be zero.  Even at the time Huggins was forced to resign, again according to university officials, one of his players had been maintaining a 0.0 GPA, and another would have had a 0.0 if not for two incompletes.

 Finally, Cincinnati was placed on probation by the NCAA in 1998, citing a lack of institutional control."

-Written by Kevin McNeill, , COLLEGEHOOPSNET.COM

Just one of many articles that have appeared over the last five to six years (from numerous credible and fact-checked sources); this bit of the article sums it up.

Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: December 22, 2011 3:20 pm

West Virginia's Murray arrested for possession

<script type="text/javascript" language="JavaScript" src=""></script> Hey Metal here you go.

INDIANAPOLIS -- Purdue point guard will have to complete community service and spend a year under court supervision after pleading guilty Monday to illegal alcohol consumption and possession of drug paraphernalia.

how about this one

   Gordon Watt has been kicked off the basketball team.

According to a
story in the Journal & Courier, Watt was arrested early Friday on
suspicion of operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

Watt, 21, had a
blood-alcohol level of 0.12 percent at the time of his arrest. Also, his
teammate, Keaton Grant, was arrested on suspiciion of illegal consumption of an
alcoholic beverage and public intoxication.

Grant, a sophomore, has been
suspended for three games, including the two exhibitions.

For Watt, this
is his second arrest in the last three years; in October, 2005, he was arrested
on suspicion of public intoxication and disorderly conduct.

or this one

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue freshman was suspended following an arrest on suspicion of public intoxication.

how about this story
West Lafayette, Ind. - Purdue University has fired its associate dean of students after West Lafayette police arrested him on shoplifting charges.

wait here is another

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- coach Joe Tiller     
;  is considering possible disciplinary measures against a football player     
;  who was stabbed in the chest, another who was later arrested on     &nb
sp; suspicion of drunken driving and any other teammates who might have been     &
nbsp; at the late-night bar fight near campus.

Not another

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue wide receiver Selwyn Lymon was dismissed from
the team Tuesday after being charged with drunken driving for the second time
this year.

Has you can see it happens everywhere 


Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 3:06 pm

West Virginia's Murray arrested for possession

Metal you also need to understand the context of Huggins comments.  They were made in an interview after a game in which Dan Jennings WALKED OFF THE BENCH IN THE MIDDLE OF THE GAME AND NEVER RETURNED.  Word was that he wrote some sort of message in the locker room to the effect of I quit.  Tell me what coach would have kind words for a player that quit on his teammates in the middle of a game?

Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 2:49 pm

West Virginia's Murray arrested for possession


See my comments about greydawg.  You probably don't want to go back over controveries in Cincy because you can't, and don't want to be bothered to do any research to see if your statements have any truth behind them.

As far as the Dan Jennings comments go - if you can be bothered to put them into context - he was clearly calling Jennings out publicly, trying to light a fire under him.  In other words, to motivate him to do what he ought to be doing and get him off of the path of self-destruction he was on.  Jennings still bailed out on WVU so I guess you could say the strategy back-fired, but trust me, if Jennings had made ammends for his mistakes and stuck with the program Huggins would have publicly given him his props in spades. 

Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 2:41 pm

West Virginia's Murray arrested for possession

Greydawg your bombasting of Huggins and his players carries no water without specifics to back it up.  You are just reapeating the same rumors and inuendos.  The kid was arrested for possession of marijuana, how many average run-of-the-mill college students could be arrested for the exact same thing?  You're practicaly accusing him of being a crack-dealing gangsta, ready to pop a cap in someone, maybe even Coach Huggins.

Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 2:28 pm

West Virginia's Murray arrested for possession

It kills me how people pass judgment and think with worst of Huggs without bothering to look deeper into his record as a coach.  The truth is if you are a knuckle-headed player for whatever reason, you will not get far with Coach Huggs.  I have complete confidence he will deal appropriately with this situation and do his best to get this kid straightened out.

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