Crawford does about face, returns to Kentucky

After failing to get a release from his national letter of intent, University of Kentucky star Joe Crawford does goes back to his team, promises to stay.

EAST LANSING - After a weekend of soul searching, Kentucky recruit Joe Crawford changed his mind, again, and returned to the University of Kentucky.

Crawford had left school due to diminishing playing time and had met with his family and the coaching staff at Michigan State after being released from his scholarship.

The former Detroit Renassiance high school star was expected to enroll at Michigan State late last week. But then Crawford learned that the University of Kentucky was refusing to release him from his national letter of intent.

That meant that had he enrolled at MSU, he would be eligible to play next winter, but with junior, not sophomore eligibility. The Crawford family tried, in vain, to get the University to change its plan but they would not budge. Kentucky said they felt it would set a prescedent if they allow Crawford out of his letter of intent.

Faced with the loss of a full year of eligibility, Crawford elected instead to return to Kentucky, ending the transfer story.

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