Senior Richard Chaney has announced that he intends to transfer from the Utah program, and indications are that Indiana is where he wants to wind up. Reports that the matter has been finalized, though, might have been a bit premature.
Indiana officials are unable to comment on Chaney's status, since they apparently haven't received a copy of his release from the Mountain West Conference school. Until they receive a copy of the release IU coaches and officials aren't permitted to contact Chaney or any members of his family. The Salt Lake Tribune reported today that Utah Coach Ray Giacoletti gave Chaney his release on Monday when he informed the second-year head coach that he wanted to transfer, although the release would actually come from either Utah Athletic Director Dr. Chris Hill or an athletic department administrator designated by the A.D.
Once a player is granted his release and makes it available to the school that he wants to transfer to, the student-athlete must then go through the process of being admitted. This process includes a review of the student's transcripts and eventually admittance by the university.
With the start of the first semester now less than two weeks away, Indiana would likely have to move quickly to admit Chaney before the start of the semester.
Further complicating Chaney's status with the Hoosiers could be a scholarship situation. Indiana currently has 12 players on scholarship for 2004-05, and it is clear that IU still envisions bringing in at least one more player before the start of first semester. Top-20 wing Brandon Rush, a 6-5, 200-pounder from Mt. Zion Academy in Durham, N.C., visited the Bloomington campus late last week and is expected to make his announcement later this week. He's expected to pick between Indiana, Illinois and Kansas.
Chaney Reports Premature?
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