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Withey's request for transfer is denied by Arizona

Updated: November 5, 2008, 2:43 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Arizona has refused to grant freshman Jeff Withey's request to transfer, leaving his status -- and the Wildcats' frontcourt -- unsettled.

Withey, a 6-foot-10 center, asked for his release last week. In a meeting Monday night with Withey and his parents, Arizona athletic director Jim Livengood denied the request.

"My very simple reason is I firmly believe, as the letter of intent states, that he needs to stay a full academic year," Livengood said to the Arizona Daily Star. "At the ...

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