Anger growing among basketball players

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Kory Holden, shown here, was the first player to leave the program this offseason, though several have followed him.

As the university’s search for a new men’s basketball coach slowly continues, players have grown increasingly frustrated with the prolonged, silent approach the school has taken.

Noted by Kevin Tresolini of The News Journal this week, there were 51 head coach openings in college basketball this offseason, 50 of which have now been filled. The average time of those schools’ coaching searches was a bit under two weeks. At publication time, Delaware’s search was on its 53rd day, with no end in sight considering the school’s stated commitment to finding a permanent athletic director before naming a basketball coach.

“The way the administration is, it’s just not fair,” Eric Carter, a sophomore forward on the team, said. “I wanted to stay, but it’s getting to a point where it almost seems like they just don’t care.”

Carter said he has grown tired of the coaching search and that he is not the only one. He, along with Chivarsky Corbett, Skye Johnson and Cazmon Hayes, all have requested their release from the program. Earlier this week, Corbett took a visit to University of Texas-San Antonio and subsequently announced his intention to transfer there. Fellow sophomore Kory Holden began the exodus in March when he asked for his release and recently committed to the University of South Carolina for his final two years of eligibility.

Hayes and Corbett could not be reached for comment.

Carter said he is now leaning toward taking a visit to other programs in the coming days or weeks and predicts that there will be more transfers or release requests from players on the team as the days keep going by.

The main problem the team faces, Carter said, is the lack of a true coaching staff has bled into the team’s development. It’s not hard to imagine the young player’s growth being stunted by missing what is now about one-third of an offseason.

“At first, I didn’t want to leave, but now it’s a serious consideration,” he said. “I think it’s completely unfair, what [the administration] is doing. We’re trying to move along, but they’re just stuck in the same process. And now we lose a recruiting class, a whole semester of spring workouts, it’s just setting us back from getting better.”

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