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Nebrasketball: Kobe King Not Joining Huskers

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It was just announced the Wisconsin transfer will not be attending Nebraska for personal reasons.

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In a statement from Coach Hoiberg released earlier this morning, it was announced that the Wisconsin transfer who signed with the Nebraska Cornhuskers has decided not to attend Nebraska due to personal reasons. There are reports about academic eligibility, and so this is a great opportunity to remind you all of the absurd, arcane rules the NCAA has in place regarding academic progress toward core degree requirements versus major requirements for undergraduate transfers that are ancient and fail to recognize many schools’ changes to their own methods of degree progress put into place over the last few decades. After all, what is college sports but taking the opportunity to lash out at the stupidity of the NCAA on a regular basis, and I won’t miss this opportunity to do so!

King was a three star out of high school and received offers from the likes of Minnesota, Iowa State, Marquette, and Wake Forest. He verbally committed to the Wisconsin Badgers back in September 2015, and was in his third season this academic year playing for the Badgers.

King left in the middle of the season in late January citing a lack of fit with the Wisconsin program. While rumors leaked out that it might have been due in part to an incident where former Wisconsin strength and conditioning coach Erik Helland used a racial epithet in telling a story of his time in the NBA to a few players, King has suggested otherwise since that rumor leaked to the public. Helland was let go by the University of Wisconsin shortly thereafter.

Kobe King verbally committed to the Huskers at the end of January. He signed his letter as a transfer on April 15 (signing day). King was recently selected the No. 7 best transfer of the off-season by CBS. Having two Kobes on the team would have been great, and his experience in the Big Ten was a needed boost to a yet again revamped roster. His “departure” now leaves an open scholarship available on the team.