ESPN: Stansbury Won't Release Ervin To SEC Schools

FAYETTEVILLE -- Published reports say Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury won't release sophomore guard Gary Ervin to another Southeastern Conference school.

ESPN's Andy Katz reported Monday that Stansbury will not release Ervin, who visited Arkansas this past weekend, from his scholarship if he wants to attend a conference rival.

Stansbury gave Ervin permission to talk to other schools but said he will not make it easy for Ervin to attend Western Division rival Arkansas.

Under NCAA transfer rules, Ervin would not be eligible to play until the 2006-07 season.

If Stansbury will not release him to Arkansas, Ervin may still enroll and can still play after sitting out a season, but he will not be allowed to receive a basketball scholarship for two years and will have to pay his own costs until his senior season in 2007-08.

Ervin told The Morning News on Sunday he will not have any comments to the media for now. Stansbury told Katz he and Ervin will meet some time this week.

Ervin, who has given statements of varying degree concerning his intention to transfer for the last month, is one of five current players or recruits at Mississippi State who have transferred, have said they will transfer or are considering the NBA.

Ervin, 5-11, 170, started 33 of 34 games for the Bulldogs last season at point guard, averaging 7.4 points and 4.7 assists per game. He has other scheduled visits to UTEP, Rutgers, Seton Hall and Marquette.

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