Inside the SEC: June 21

21 Jun

By Matt Fultz
National Hoops Report

There is a lot going on in the offseason for SEC teams. One team loses a guard because of medical issues. One team lost a guard because of drama. John Calipari loses wins after a battle with the NCAA.

Concussions force Steele to give up hoops

After suffering from his fourth concussion Alabama junior Andrew Steele decided he had had enough.

“It’s the toughest decision I’ve ever had to make,” Steele told Don Kausler Jr. last week. “Basketball is something that I love to do, something I’ve been doing basically my whole life. I’m accepting it. The good thing is, it didn’t catch me off guard.”

Steele will finish his time at Alabama on a medical scholarship.

The incident that caused the latest head injury came against Kentucky in the SEC tournament in March, when Steele’s head clipped his teammate Ben Eblen’s shoulder. Steele remained in the game, before noticing some of the symptoms he had grown all too familiar with.

“I finished the rest of the game,” Steele added. “I didn’t feel the effect immediately. Well, I felt a little dizzy, but I shook it off because there was only 2 ½ minutes left. Walking off the court, I felt dizzy, and I thought something was up.”

Clarke finally gets release to transfer

After a week of waiting, Rotnei Clark has been given his release to transfer away from the Razorback program.

“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,” Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long said Monday. “We wish him well and hope that he finds what he is searching for at a new institution.”

Clarke proved to be one of the SEC best three point shooters connecting on more than 43 percent of his attempts from behind the arc in his junior season.

Monday’s news comes just days after Clarke told CBSSports.com’s Jeff Goodman that he was told his release would not be granted.

The senior-to-be will have to sit out next season, and will have one year of eligibility remaining.

Kentucky to reduce Calipari’s win total

After going back and forth for several months UK has decided to appease the NCAA and take Calipari’s win total from 509 to 467.

Previously the university included 42 victories from Calipari’s time at UMass and Memphis, which were later vacated due to violations.

“After consulting with the NCAA, the University of Kentucky has been informed that the honoring of our head men’s basketball coach for his 500th career victory on Feb. 26, 2011 was in error and that, henceforth, we will reflect our head men’s basketball coach’s career record in our media guides, Internet sites and other publications consistent with the NCAA’s official records and statistics.”

The university released in a statement last week.

Coach Calipari seems to be irked by the decision, offering this verbal jab at the NCAA Monday, when asked how many wins Wildcat senior Darius Miller had.

“Sixty-something. I don’t know,” he said at his satellite camp in Bowling Green, Kentucky.  We’ll have to call the NCAA and check that number.

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