Holloway appealing decision

Murphy Holloway, looking to transfer from Mississippi back to his home state of South Carolina to be closer his mother and daughter, has encountered a road block along the way. A major one.

Former Ole Miss basketball player Murphy Holloway recently requested approval to transfer to any of the Division I in-state schools in South Carolina to be closer to his newborn daughter.

Schools from conferences like the Big South and Southern were approved, but not the ACC and SEC representatives in South Carolina.

"They didn't give me an explanation why, but I'm going to try to appeal it," he said.

Word came this morning of the denied request to transfer to both South Carolina and Clemson. Holloway said he has 14 days from the date of the denied requests for an appeal.

"Right now, I'm in the process of trying to set up a date to get the appeal on the conference call," he said. "That's all I'm trying to do now, set up a date."

Although he wasn't surprised to see some requests turned down, it was still a letdown when official word came Thursday morning.

"I was disappointed about South Carolina and Clemson. I kind of figured South Carolina (would be denied)," he said.

"I haven't really thought of what I'm going to say to them when I appeal," Holloway said.

As a sophomore, he started in 30 of 34 games, averaged 10.1 points and 7.6 rebounds a game. He was fifth in the SEC in rebounding and eighth in steals (1.5). He also finished sixth with eight double-doubles

Holloway played in 31 games as a freshman. He averaged 8.4 points and 1.2 steals a game and was 13th in the SEC in rebounding with 6.6 per game.

He was originally rated as a three-star prospect and ranked as the No. 20 small forward by Scout.com after graduating from Columbia's Dutch Fork High School in 2008.

"I saw my daughter when she was born and I saw her on Christmas and I saw her again not too long ago. That's only three times in six months I've been home," he told CUTigers in a previous interview.

"That was kind of hard on me. I want to see her more and help my mom out too."

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