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Bradley contends tampering involved in transfer

1/25/2003

PEORIA, Ill. -- Former Bradley scoring leader Danny Granger
has transferred to the University of New Mexico, sparking
allegations of tampering by the Braves' athletic department.

The 6-foot-8 sophomore, who led Bradley in scoring, rebounds and
blocked shots, enrolled and talked to the New Mexico coaching staff
Friday, said Greg Remington, the university's sports information
director.

Under NCAA rules, Granger can join the Lobos next January and
would have 1½ years of eligibility left.

Granger, who appeared at a news conference Friday wearing a New
Mexico Lobos T-shirt, said he no longer felt Bradley was the place
for him.

''I'm grateful for what Bradley did for me, but after the
coaching change happened and the guys that recruited me left, it
wasn't the same,'' he said.

Granger, who left Bradley a week ago saying he wanted to attend
a school closer to his Louisiana home, averaged 19.2 points, 7.9
rebounds and 1.4 blocked shots for the Braves this year.

The transfer has met resistance at Bradley, which contends
Granger talked to his new coaches ahead of time. Potential
transfers cannot talk to a new school without written permission of
their old school under NCAA rules.

New Mexico coach Ritchie McKay denied the Lobos did that.

''Never have we talked to Danny about transferring,'' McKay said
while sitting alongside Granger at a news conference. ''We're
innocent in this process. My disappointment is that our name is
being dragged through the mud, especially on the national level.''

''If we're proven differently,'' McKay said, ''then I would
fully take all the consequences.''

Duane Broussard, a former Braves assistant who recruited Granger
to Bradley, is now on the New Mexico coaching staff. McKay too
formerly was an assistant at Bradley.

Granger said his relationship with Broussard was a big factor in
his decision to transfer to New Mexico.

Granger's father, Danny Sr., told the Peoria Journal-Star that
neither he nor his son talked to New Mexico coaches before the
transfer.

''I consider that extremely unlikely,'' said Bradley athletics
director Kent Kavanagh.

McKay said Friday that Granger's father called him last spring,
after the coaching staff changed at Bradley. McKay said he told the
elder Granger he could not talk to him unless his son was released
from his scholarship at Bradley.

McKay said when New Mexico found out that Granger was going to
leave Bradley, ''the same process unfolded.''

''Anytime you have a player of Danny Granger's ability, there's
going to be interest,'' McKay said. ''But there was nothing we
could do until he got a release.''

McKay, a Bradley assistant from 1991-93, said Broussard has
talked to Granger and his other former Bradley players, but the
conversations ''were not of a recruiting nature.''

McKay called Granger ''a great fit for our program.''

Bradley will not release Granger from his scholarship, which
means he will have to pay his own way for his first year at New
Mexico, said Bobby Parker, Bradley's assistant athletic director
for communications.

He declined comment on whether Bradley will ask the NCAA to
investigate. The NCAA can launch investigations on its own or
through requests from member schools.