McCurdy Granted Release

FAYETTEVILLE -- Sean McCurdy has asked for and been granted his release from the Arkansas basketball program, said Marvin Caston, compliance director for the Arkansas athletic department.

The sophomore guard from Westport, Conn., started six of 31 games this season and averaged 9.3 minutes per game. He scored 1.7 points per game and was never able to earn consistent playing time.

"The release was something agreed upon between him and Coach Heath," Caston said. "Sean and his father had talked with Coach Heath. It's not an official release yet. He just has permission to contact other institutions at this point."

Caston said that McCurdy was the only Razorback to request a release. No Arkansas players have approached Caston about a release since Stan Heath was fired as the Hogs' coach on Monday.

He said he didn't expect to receive any more requests, if at all, until after Arkansas hired a new coach.

McCurdy played in 30 games last season as a freshman and registered a 2.2 assist-to-turnover ratio.

No Movement On Gillispie

Texas A&M's associate sports information director, Colin Killian, said it was "business as usual" Tuesday around College Station, Texas. Aggies coach Billy Gillispie, who sources close to the basketball program say is Arkansas' No. 1 target, was in his office for most of the day, Killian said.

Texas A&M athletic director Bill Byrne wouldn't comment on whether he had been contacted by Arkansas athletic director Frank Broyles. A source close to the basketball program said Broyles had tried Byrne numerous times on Tuesday but had none of his calls returned. Broyles was in his office for most of the day and attended football practice last Tuesday afternoon, according to Donita Ritchie, his assistant.

Broyles declined an interview request through Ritchie.

Meanwhile, several beat writers who regularly cover Gillispie's team staked out his office last night. They wanted a comment from him about the Arkansas opening. They camped out for five hours. And all they got when Gillispie left was, "Hey guys, see ya'll tomorrow." Gillispie then declined to respond further as he walked to his car.

Gillispie is scheduled to be in Atlanta today with Aggies senior Acie Law IV for several awards ceremonies.

Beverley Back In Fayetteville

Patrick Beverley's mother, Lisa, confirmed Tuesday that her son had returned to Fayetteville.

She said they had an extensive conversation Monday night in Chicago, in which the two candidly discussed his future as a Razorback. Right now, that future is unknown.

"Patrick and I had a great talk," she said. "Nothing is settled. He's going to get back into school and concentrate on that. We're just going to wait and see who's picked as the next coach. Then, we'll see what the best choice is for him. He's still kind of upset."


Kansas coach Bill Self repeated Monday that he had no interest in the Arkansas job. Self told two Kansas beat writers that he was happy in Lawrence. As for Gillispie, his former assistant, Self said, "Billy tells me he's really happy where he's at." He also said he thought Gillispie would be "a good fit" in Fayetteville, though. ... Nebraska coach Doc Sadler told The Omaha World Herald that he planned to stay in Lincoln amidst rumors linking him to the Arkansas opening. ... Jenirro Bush, a 6-foot-7, 175-pound senior guard from East Oktibbeha High in Crawford, Miss., said Tuesday that he was reopening his recruitment.

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