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USC’s Martin Says Letting Harris Transfer To UF Was The Right Thing To Do

New South Carolina basketball coach Frank Martin won’t be happy to see former Gamecock Damontre Harris on the floor for Florida in the years ahead, but the coach said yesterday that letting the player go was the right thing to do:


“If that young man does not want to be at this school, then you shouldn’t hold him hostage.  Now we’ve got to compete against Damontre and I don’t like that.  But why should I block him from going to the school he wants to play at, as long as things were handled the right way?  I don’t believe in this whole thing that you should be able to recruit guys (at other schools) that’s crazy.  But as long as things are handled the proper way, as long as we all handle things like adults and educators and those kids and those families are up front and communicate with all the appropriate people, it’s no different than me getting out of my contract, if I handle things the right way.’’


Martin — who refused to let Harris transfer to North Carolina State (perhaps because he felt things hadn’t been handled in the proper way) — also said of his own program: ”Our challenge, our duty, is to elevate our program to the levels where Kentucky and Florida have been.  I know if we can compete with those two schools, we can compete with anybody in the country.”

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