Millard meets with Pitino; gets release

Chad Millard was officially granted a release from his scholarship last week. Yesterday, the 6-foot-8 forward met privately with Louisville coach Rick Pitino about his future with the Cardinals. Will Millard transfer? If so, where is he headed? has the latest.

It appears Chad Millard will be shopping for a new school.

Millard, a reserve forward for Rick Pitino's Louisville Cardinals last season, was granted a release from his scholarship late last week.

"He has been granted his release from Louisville," Millard's former high school coach, Brewster Academy's Jason Smith, told Wednesday afternoon. "I'm holding the release in my hands. It's dated June 16."

Despite having been officially released from his scholarship at Louisville, the situation remains fluid – though it doesn't sound like the 6-foot-8 forward intends to return to U of L next season. Millard met privately with Rick Pitino on Tuesday. According to Smith, the Louisville coach tried to convince the New Hampshire native to stick with his program.

"Coach Pitino brought him in yesterday and tried to explain to Chad why he wanted him to stay at Louisville," said Smith.

Despite that meeting, Millard has already sent his release to several schools, including Miami, Northeastern, Southern Illinois, Creighton, New Hampshire and Iowa State.

"There's a wide range of schools that are interested," Smith said. "It's all over the map right now. But we've sent his release to each of those schools."

Smith said Millard would prefer to return closer to his Granite State roots. If that's the case, Northeastern or home state New Hampshire could be where Millard ultimately winds up. "I think Chad wants to fins a school a little closer to home," Smith said.

At this point, Millard remains in Louisville. He's currently attending summer classes and will finish up next week. At that point, you can expect Millard will begin seriously considering his options.

"He's still at Louisville and he's finishing up a summer class," Smith said. "He'll be done with that next week, so he wants to get that finished first. He'll have minimal contact with other schools until he finishes up his class work at Louisville."

And though he hasn't officially begun the work to find a new home, at least one program, according to Smith, has already been eliminated from consideration.

"He has eliminated UMASS," Smith said.

Millard saw action in 32 of Louisville's 34 games as a freshman. He started three games at forward and averaged 2.3 points per game.

If Millard transfers, he'll have to sit out the 2006-07 season at the school of his choice.

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