TU, Jordan Clarkson reach mutual agreement on departure from Hurricane basketball program
BY ERIC BAILEY World Sports Writer
Friday, April 27, 2012
4/27/12 at 5:29 AM
Tulsa athletic director Ross Parmley met with Jordan Clarkson's family on Thursday and the parties reached an agreement concerning the player's future.
Clarkson has obtained a full release to all but a limited number of schools. It's believed the all-conference guard has been released to one of five schools - Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor, Missouri and Arizona - that were on the "banned" list by TU last week.
Jordan Clarkson tweeted shortly after the announcement: "Not releasing a specific number but the number is very small." Rivals.com writer Jeff Eisenberg followed with the tweet "Jordan Clarkson's dad said the mutual agreement Tulsa and his son reached prohibit only four schools from contacting the sophomore."
"The Clarkson family appreciates the opportunity to sit down with athletic director Ross Parmley and come to an agreement that is suitable to both parties so that we can move forward in a positive manner, and one in which both parties maintain credibility and a reputation," Jordan's father, Mike Clarkson, said. "Jordan really appreciates the University of Tulsa and the Tulsa community for their support of him and the Golden Hurricane during his two years at TU."
"We wish nothing but the best for Jordan and his family as Jordan continues his bright career at another school," Parmley said. "I am happy that the two sides could come to an agreement that is suitable for both parties."
The Clarkson family said in an e-mail to the Tulsa World on March 12 that the player would"explore all options, which could include the possibility of transferring, one day following Doug Wojcik's firing.
On April 17, Clarkson was given permission by Parmley to contact three schools on a preferred list of eight schools given by the family. Last Friday, the list grew after Parmley met with Clarkson as some schools requested permission to speak with the guard.
Clarkson will have to sit out one season regardless of what school he transfers to next year. If he goes to a school that Tulsa has released him to, he can immediately receive an athletic scholarship. If Clarkson attends a school that isn't on Tulsa's list, he must attend school at his own cost.
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