January 5th, 2012 09:47 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Tennessee
Tags: Michigan State, NCAA, PR, So Dooley
It didn’t take long for DeAnthony Arnett to make up his mind after Tennessee cleared him to transfer anywhere he liked. The sophomore-to-be receiver — the #12 prospect in America at his position last year — will transfer to Michigan State where he expects to start classes next week.
He will apply for a hardship waiver from the NCAA in an attempt to play for the Spartans next season.
As everyone knows by now, Arnett planned to transfer from Tennessee in order to get closer to home, closer to family. His father’s health has been in sharp decline in recent months. MSU is just about an hour from his hometown.
Derek Dooley, however, initially gave Arnett a waiver that nixed Michigan and Michigan State as potential landing spots. More than likely he felt there had been some contact between those programs and a player still on his roster and coaches don’t respond well to tampering. But whether tampering was involved or not, there was no way Dooley could win this particular PR battle. Two words would always trump him: sick father.
So Dooley backtracked this week and told Arnett he was free to move about the country. It didn’t the player long to make his decision. And that likely validates any suspicions Dooley might have had about contact between Sparty and Arnett.
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