USC likely to land Holloway

Murphy Holloway

COLUMBIA -- Mississippi refused to allow Murphy Holloway to transfer home to South Carolina. But multiple league and USC sources say that's where the former Dutch Fork High School basketball standout will head, regardless -- at his own cost.

Holloway, who's been weighing his options the past few weeks, will likely make that decision known today at a 9 a.m. news conference at his old high school in Irmo.

The athletic 6-7 forward averaged 10.1 points and 7.6 rebounds a game in 25.7 minutes a game last season for the Rebels.

The sophomore will have to sit out next season, per NCAA rules. Additionally, he'll have to find a way to pay for his school since Mississippi didn't release him to South Carolina.

It is customary for schools to restrict transfers to teams within the same conference. Where the story gets a

bit perplexing is that Mississippi AD Pete Boone also didn't allow a transfer to Clemson, after stories surfaced that Holloway might be headed for the Tigers.

Boone perceived there to be some form of tampering, even though Clemson has come back to say that was never the case.

Ole Miss was prepared to release Holloway to smaller in-state schools, such as Charleston Southern, Winthrop or Coastal Carolina.

In the end, he'll turn to the hometown choice and Darrin Horn's Gamecocks. Holloway wanted to be back home, for one reason, to be closer to his young daughter.

He wasn't initially recruited by South Carolina, then coached by Dave Odom, because he was thought to be an academic risk. But Holloway's grades are thought to be in good order as he transfers, something that might help him in the way of grants and financial aid as he finds the means to pay tuition at USC.

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