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Staying power

When his coach left, Eldridge nearly followed, but he stayed to lead a Redbird revival

Updated: March 4, 2010, 3:29 PM ET
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com

Osiris Eldridge was leaning toward leaving Illinois State after coach Porter Moser was fired following his freshman season.

Eldridge even asked for and was granted his release from the program. But when Eldridge sat down and contemplated his next move a few weeks later, he did what few star players do after a coaching change.

He stayed put.

"When coach Moser got fired, I did consider leaving," said Eldridge, who starred at Phillips High School in the Chicago Public League. ...

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