Ole Miss’ men’s basketball team got a huge boost Wednesday when the Southeastern Conference cleared junior forward Murphy Holloway to play this upcoming season. Holloway is immediately eligible to compete following the transfer rule waivers being accepted by the NCAA and the SEC.
The NCAA granted Holloway immediate eligibility on Oct. 14, the first official day of basketball practice.
Holloway spent the first two years of his college career at Ole Miss. The Irmo, S.C., native transferred to the University of South Carolina for family reasons in 2010 and sat out the 2010-11 season per NCAA transfer rules, earning a redshirt. He returned to his original school this June after his family situation had been resolved.
Holloway never played in a game at South Carolina after having to sit out a season after leaving Ole Miss.
The waiver application of NCAA and SEC transfer rules had to be accepted in order for him to avoid sitting out the upcoming season with the Rebels.
“We are very excited that Murphy will be able to compete for Ole Miss this year,” Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said. “We believed throughout this process that the NCAA and SEC would want to do what was in the best of the student-athlete. I’m grateful to the league office for their understanding of the situation, and I am very appreciative of all the hard work put in by our compliance department, spearheaded by Matt Ball and Julie Owen.”
Holloway was a two-year starter at Ole Miss in 2008-09 and 2009-10, leading the Rebels in rebounding and steals both years.
The 6-foot-7, 240-pound forward started 30 of 34 games for the Rebels as a sophomore, averaging 10.1 points and 7.6 rebounds per contest and ranking fifth in the SEC in rebounding and eighth in steals. He finished sixth among league players with eight double-doubles that year.
He helped lead the Rebels to the NIT Final Four in New York’s Madison Square Garden where they lost in the semifinals to the Dayton Flyers.
Holloway’s first opportunity to play in an Ole Miss uniform again comes Nov. 3 in an exhibition game against North Alabama.
Ole Miss opens its regular season against Louisiana-Monroe on Nov. 11 and SEC play at LSU on Jan. 7, 2012. (October 27, 2011, Page 6)