Forward Murphy Holloway said Friday that he was happy at USC and with basketball coach Darrin Horn but chose to leave because he missed his old school, Mississippi.
“This is no knock on (USC coach Darrin) Horn or the coaching staff,” Holloway said. “It’s a great program.”
Horn announced Friday that he granted Holloway’s release to Mississippi, where the Irmo native played two seasons before transferring to USC after the 2009-10 season.
Holloway said he came home to take care of his infant daughter while the girl’s mother finished high school and to take care of his ailing mother. In the past year, his mother’s health improved and the baby’s mother and other family members are able to care for his daughter.
“Going back was always in the back of my mind,” he said. “I never thought I would actually do it. I appreciate coach (Horn) letting me do it.”
Holloway is the fourth player change this week for the program coming off two straight losing seasons.
USC coach Darrin Horn said he was unsure if Holloway would clear all the waivers to be allowed a second transfer.
Holloway leaves having never played a game for USC. He sat out this season this past season because of NCAA transfer rules and paid his own way to attend school because Ole Miss would not release him to play at South Carolina.
He was slated to be the Gamecocks’ starting power forward next season after averaging 10 points and eight rebounds a game in his last year with the Rebels.
Holloway is the third player to leave the program this week. Sophomore guards Ramon Galloway and Stephen Spinella announced they would transfer after learning about diminished playing roles.
And starting point guard Bruce Ellington said this week he plans to play football and basketball. His scholarship would transfer to the football team. Ellington, the team’s leading scorer last season, would likely miss about one-third of the USC’s basketball games because of his football commitments.