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UCF hoops loses trio, keeps star

ORLANDO — Central Florida basketball coach Donnie Jones received good and bad news about the quartet of seniors.

All-Conference USA forward Keith Clanton told Jones over the weekend that he would return for his final season. Meanwhile, guards Marcus Jordan and C.J. Reed and center Josh Crittle decided to leave, UCF announced Monday.

Jordan, a guard and the youngest son of NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan, will continue to take classes at UCF. Reed, a former MEAC Player of the Year as a junior at Bethune-Cookman, sat out last year after transferring. Now he is transferring again to Georgia Southern.

The NCAA gave the seniors the option to transfer immediately after it hit UCF's basketball and football programs with sanctions for major recruiting violations. The punishment included one-year postseason bans in both sports. UCF is appealing its ban in football, but not basketball.

School officials said Jordan's decision was unrelated to the NCAA penalties.

OTHER MOVES: Former Iowa State forward Calvin Godfrey's plans to transfer to LSU fell through after he could not meet academic requirements. … Freshman guard Milton Doyle left the Kansas program. He originally committed to Florida International before Isiah Thomas was let go as coach.

LAPCHICK AWARD: Four members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame were chosen for the Lapchick Character Award — Cathy Rush, C.M. Newton, Morgan Wootten and the late Pete Newell. The awards will be presented Nov. 15 in New York.

Football

KENTUCKY: Coach Joker Phillips said sophomore Maxwell Smith will start at quarterback.

RUTGERS: New coach Kyle Flood named sophomore Gary Nova as starting quarterback.

WAC: Commissioner Jeff Hurd told the Denver Post the Western Athletic Conference is "unlikely" to have enough football members to play next season. He said the WAC is trying to keep enough members to remain a Division I non-football league. The league has seven football members but five plan to leave next year.

UCF hoops loses trio, keeps star 08/20/12 [Last modified: Monday, August 20, 2012 10:49pm]

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