Transfer from Minnesota out for personal reasons

Updated: June 25, 2004, 7:43 PM ET
Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Moe Hargrow, who transferred from Minnesota to Arkansas during the 2002-03 season, has been released from his basketball scholarship by his new school.

Razorbacks coach Stan Heath issued a statement Friday concerning Hargrow, who would have been eligible to play halfway through the upcoming season.

Heath said Hargrow "is facing several challenges in his life that are non-basketball-related" so the university chose to release him. He gave no further explanation.

"We feel his being at home will better help him deal with his challenges. Neither Moe nor his mother have requested this. We are doing this in order to give them and the University of Minnesota a chance to exchange dialogue," Heath said.

Minnesota athletic officials said his release was received Friday but coaches had not yet scheduled any discussions with the guard who is a native of the Twin Cities.

Hargrow transferred to Arkansas in January after averaging 31 minutes and 11.4 points for the Golden Gophers in the first half of his junior season.

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