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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: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 2:28 pm
 

West Virginia's Murray arrested for possession

So the passionate defense of HuggyBear is that he has won 700 games? Most of those came at Cincinnati, which he turned into a national cesspool in which anyone and everyone was welcome if they could dribble or dunk. Academics? Who needs 'em? Criminal record? Ah, so what? Hasn't ol' Huggy had his own brushes with the law? And now he has taken his act to WVU, where "adjudicated delinquents" are welcomed as long as they can dribble or dunk. Huggins and Calhoun should be locked in a gym together with their prized "student athletes" and not be allowed to surface play against anyone else. Two of a kind.



Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: December 22, 2011 2:20 pm
 

West Virginia's Murray arrested for possession

In my opinion, Huggins does not embody the characteristics of a role model-type coach for young individuals to be around; time and time again, whenever I hear of Coach Huggins within sports news, a majority of the instances have reflected poorely upon himself (and at times, WVU).  The most recent case in point other than the aforementioned recruit story--there's no reason/need to digress back to the "controversy in Cincy"--was last year when forward Danny Jennings left the program.  Citing Huggin's own words during a post-game conference in which he is referencing Jennings: 

"The truth of the matter is he's [Jennings's] been a non-entity. You know, we started him to try to get some other guys motivated and things, and he did work hard in practice for a while, but he hasn't -- I mean, look at his career stats. We didn't just lose Kevin Jones. You know what I'm saying? It's a sidebar."

Any adult who speaks with such little tact with regards to another human being, espeically when they are in a leadership and role model position, is lacking some necessary qualities; those connected with WVU or their basketball program may choose to overlook or marginalize Huggin's exhibitied behaviors, but I (and most other objective observers) will not.



Since: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: December 22, 2011 2:07 pm
 

West Virginia's Murray arrested for possession

 (though I'm not certain if this recruitment reflects more poorely on Huggins or West Virginia University). 


You are entitled to your opinion, but I couldn't let this one go.  How on earth does this reflect poorly on Huggins or WVU when Murray was cleared to play at another NCAA institution, had nothing previously on his record or any trouble at LaSalle?  It reflects poorly on the man who did it.  Lastly, if you are going to have "scholar" in your screen name and insult other schools, you can at least spell "poorly" correct.  Just a sad post all around...



Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 2:05 pm
 

West Virginia's Murray arrested for possession

WTF do you know about WVU?  Huggs is one win away from 700.  WVU football is the 14th winningest program in all of college football.  It is hardly a destination of last resort for any athlete.  This kid made a bad decision on his own and will be dismissed from the team if he hasn't already. 



Since: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: December 22, 2011 2:02 pm
 

West Virginia's Murray arrested for possession

A West Virginia jock on drugs...that's news? An "adjudicated delinquent" on Huggy-Bear's team...that's no surprise.
Oh please greydawg, enlighten us of the litany of other WVU athletes on drugs you are alluding to?  Painting with such a broad stroke is an insult to the 99% of WVU athletes that have no issues at all on or off the court and graduate.  Last resort?  Are you that delusional that you took the time to write such a moronic post about WVU.  Please, what institute of higher learning did you attend?  Murray was cleared by the NCAA and part of another program, so writing something about WVU because they would have him in their program with no prior reason to not to welcome him, also indicts schools like LaSalle where he was, as well as Kansas who apparently offered him according to the article. 



Since: Jan 13, 2008
Posted on: December 22, 2011 2:01 pm
 

West Virginia's Murray arrested for possession

 it comes to no surprise to me that Huggins would attempt to acquire such a questionable recruit (though I'm not certain if this recruitment reflects more poorely on Huggins or West Virginia University). 

Has this kid been in trouble before?  I didn't see it in the article.  Why wouldn't this reflect poorly on the recruit?  I'm fairly certain that Huggs nor WVU told Murray to go out and get in trouble.  Murray should be made accountable for his actions.



Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 1:52 pm
 

West Virginia's Murray arrested for possession

"Just another trophy on West Virginia's mantle as an athletic destination of last resort" - except that the article clearly states he had offers from Ok State and almighty Kansas.  So WVU was hardly a last resort.

"it comes to no surprise to me that Huggins would attempt to acquire such a questionable recruit (though I'm not certain if this recruitment reflects more poorely on Huggins or West Virginia University)." - again did you two read the article?  you are acting like WVU is the only school that would touch him.  Did Huggins still your girlfriend or something?


"as far as being an inept collegiate figure/spokesperson" - Nice try.  Huggins is one of the most respected coaches in the NCAA and is universally praised.

As for grades, WVU's 4 year APR score is 995 (out of 1000). 

Sure, Huggins generated a bad reputation for his days at Cinci, but those are long gone and and completely undeserved now.  Why don't you wait and see how he handles this before passing more judgement?




Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: December 22, 2011 1:35 pm
 

West Virginia's Murray arrested for possession

I believe that I have perceived Coach Huggins correctly, as far as being an inept collegiate figure/spokesperson; having seen enough interviews and articles of and about Huggins, it comes to no surprise to me that Huggins would attempt to acquire such a questionable recruit (though I'm not certain if this recruitment reflects more poorely on Huggins or West Virginia University). 



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 1:33 pm
 

West Virginia's Murray arrested for possession

A West Virginia jock on drugs...that's news? An "adjudicated delinquent" on Huggy-Bear's team...that's no surprise. Just another trophy on West Virginia's mantle as an athletic destination of last resort, for both coaches and athletea who can't get into anyplace else.


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