Arkansas Coaches Open SEC Media Day

Arkansas head basketball coaches Mike Anderson and Tom Collen opened the SEC Media Days on Thursday morning, a day after the school confirmed the NCAA had denied junior transfer Alandise Harris' appeal for immediate eligibility.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - As SEC Media Day arrived here Thursday morning at the Wynfrey Hotel, Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson knew exactly what his 2013-2014 roster looks like.

Anderson learned earlier this week that Houston transfer Alandise Harris (6-6, 230) had his appeal for immediate eligibility denied by the NCAA.

"Alandise was not given the waiver," Anderson said Thursday morning. "First and foremost, he is at the University of Arkansas. He'll sit out this year and he'll redshirt and we will certainly use him in our practices to help our guys get better. He will get a chance to concentrate academically and really get set academically. So at least, we have got that question answered – he will not be eligible this year. He'll use this year sitting out for residency and be ready to go next year."

"He is a good player, but coming in, you knew there was a chance of that taking place," Anderson added. "It was just that, the request was denied."

Harris, a star junior former Little Rock Central, had filed the waiver because his mother passed away in 2010 and he wanted to be closer to home to help take care of his family.

He had hoped to have immediate eligibility instead of sitting out the NCAA's mandatory year for a transfer.

"I've been prepared," Harris said earlier this month. "It was a decision I made regardless (of the NCAA decision). I knew it could be a possibility."

Harris, who averaged 13 points and 8 rebounds last season for the Cougars, will thus be eligible to play the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 seasons for the Razorbacks.

"It feels great to be close to home where all my support is," Harris said. "I am two hours away from my sister and my family. It is something great because I will be able to see them right after my games."

Anderson and Arkansas women's head coach Tom Collen are among the group of coaches that led off SEC Media Days at 8 a.m. at the Wynfrey Hotel.

The Razorbacks are picked fifth by the SEC media in their preseason poll while the women are tabbed ninth in the poll.

The 14 men's coaches and 14 women's coaches are the only ones scheduled for this year's media day with no players scheduled to attend this year's one-day event.

Arkansas joins Florida, Vanderbilt and South Carolina in the first session (8-9:50 a.m.) while the second session (10-11:50 a.m.) has Alabama, Ole Miss and Missouri.

The third session (1-2:50 p.m.) has Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State and Tennessee while the final session (3-4:50 p.m.) has Auburn, Georgia and Texas A&M.





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