The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

College Sports

July 16, 2013

Murray leaves WVU basketball team; Luck, Butler at Auto Fair

The turnover on the West Virginia University basketball team isn’t over yet.

On Monday, WVU head coach Bob Huggins announced that Aaric Murray is no longer with the program.

“We came to a mutual agreement that it would be in his best interest to finish his collegiate career somewhere else,” said Huggins in a release.

Murray spent the last two years in Morgantown after transferring from LaSalle. He sat out the 2011-12 season because of transfer rules, before taking the court for the 2012-13 campaign. He averaged 8.8 points and 5.9 rebounds, but spent some time in Huggins’ doghouse.

Murray, who graduated from WVU in May, can transfer to another Division I school and play right away as a senior.

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Two well-known Mountaineer faces will be in Beckley this weekend as part of the Friends of Coal Auto Fair.

Da’Sean Butler, who helped lead WVU to the Final Four in 2010, and athletic director Oliver Luck will be at the Friends of Coal Ladies Auxiliary tent between noon and 5 p.m. Saturday.

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As many as 90 members of the WVU football team will also be coming to the area this weekend.

On Friday, members of the team will be in Nicholas County to help assist with the Reaching the Summit Community Service Initiative, the largest community service effort of its kind in U.S. history.

Players will join Wendy Spencer, the CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, and will focus on one or more of the following categories: green-friendly, wellness, construction, infrastructure and arts and education. With the aid of the football team and thousands of other volunteers, more than 350 projects will be completed throughout the five-day effort, designed around the National Boy Scout Jamboree in Fayette County.

“This is more than our team coming together to lend a hand for a really worthwhile project,” said WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen in a release. “This is something we will all look back on one day and say how proud we were to be part of it all.”

The Citizens Conservation Corps of West Virginia is the clearinghouse for the service component, which will deploy 40,000 Scouts and thousands of additional volunteers who will perform more than 300,000 hours of community service over a five-day period in Fayette, Greenbrier, McDowell, Mercer, Monroe, Nicholas, Raleigh, Summers and Wyoming counties.

“West Virginia University football is important to so many West Virginians, and the leadership of sending such a significant group is tremendous,” said Robert A. Martin, the CEO of the Citizens Conservation Corps. “As ambassadors of WVU, they will be a shining example of the great deal of accomplishment that occurs when we all work together. Every member of Mountaineer Nation all over the world should be extremely proud of the team for its volunteer efforts.”

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