Syracuse refuses Duke lacrosse transfers
Blue Devils' Greer, nation's top scorer in 2005, was recruited by Orange
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Updated: 12:51 p.m. ET April 20, 2006
Syracuse University will not allow any Duke lacrosse players to transfer to its school, even though some Blue Devils are reportedly seeking their release amid the rape investigation that has rocked the school, the Syracuse Post Standard reported Thursday.
"I think it would be inappropriate," Syracuse athletic director Daryl Gross said.
Syracuse coach John Desko said Duke has notified him that Blue Devils sophomore attackman Zack Greer, who led the nation with 57 goals last season, wants to transfer out of Duke and apparently to the Orange, since it's standard procedure that a thletes will ask the schools they are leaving to contact the schools to where they want to go, the Post Standard said.
The Orange originally recruited Greer before he chose to go to Duke.
The Baltimore Sun reported on Tuesday that Greer had expressed interest in Delaware and Penn State.
Desko said told the Post Standard that Greer, nor other Duke players, had called him or the athletic department. He added that he would not make any comments about the possibility of Duke players transferring to Syracuse until the case is finished.
"My position would be that I couldn't comment about anything until speaking with the chancellor and the athletic director," Desko said Tuesday afternoon. "I'm assuming there would be no position until the situation is resolved."
Gross told Desko that Syracuse would not accept the transfer of Duke players.
"I wouldn't be interested in our coaches recruiting players from Duke, given the situation," Gross said. "I think it would be inappropriate. . . . So the policy for us would be 'No.'"
It still kind of falls back to if a kid committed to Duke," Gross said, "then he had an intention to go to Duke."
USA Today said that about a dozen Duke players are exploring transferring.
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