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Walter Pitchford to Skip Senior Season

Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

Walter Pitchford has decided he will skip his senior season at Nebraska but will remain in Lincoln to finish his degree. The would-be senior made the announcement through the athletic department.

"I thank Coach Miles for giving me the opportunity when I transferred from Florida," Pitchford said. "I have learned a lot about myself in the three years I’ve been at Nebraska and it is not an easy decision to give up playing basketball. I believe it is in the best interest of both the team and myself that I devote my time to completing my degree at Nebraska and eventually go into a career in business.

"I appreciate all the support I have received from the coaching staff, my teammates and the fans during my time at Nebraska and it has become home for me," Pitchford said. "I know my teammates support me on this difficult decision, and I will be there to support them."

Pitchford's departure opens up a scholarship for Head Coach Tim Miles and the Huskers, who had previously been full in their scholarship allotment. How he fills that roster spot remains to be seen but Miles has been out recruiting post players over the past few weeks. NU is still waiting a decision from leading scorer Terran Petteway whether or not he will return to NU for his senior season.