Dandridge’s status in question

The player’s AAU coach says he will not play his senior season with MU.
Thursday, April 26, 2007 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 6:24 a.m. CDT, Thursday, July 10, 2008
Glen Dandridge’s departure would give Missouri an additional scholarship to fill.

It looks like the Missouri Tigers will lose two players from last season’s team.

The Tigers knew all season that senior forward Marcus Watkins was playing his last year with the team. Now, it seems guard/forward Glen Dandridge also participated in his last season with the Tigers.

Tony Squire, Dandridge’s former AAU coach in Virginia, said Dandridge was leaving the basketball program instead of playing his senior season at Missouri. The MU department of athletics is expected to make an announcement about Dandridge this afternoon.

Less than a week after Missouri’s season ended, coach Mike Anderson conducted a press conference to wrap up the year. When asked if he was still recruiting for the 2007-2008 season, even though prep forward Justin Safford had already committed to taking MU’s lone available scholarship, Anderson said, “We are still recruiting, I’m going to put it that way, we are still recruiting.”

That response helped spur Internet rumors that a Missouri player, other than Watkins, was leaving freeing up a second scholarship for Anderson to use. Now, it looks like it will be Dandridge’s scholarship slot that Anderson will be offering.

But Squire said it might not have been his former player’s choice.

Squire said he spoke with Missouri associate head coach Melvin Watkins on Tuesday, and that Watkins told him that the Missouri coaches “decided to go in a different direction.” Squire added that he did not know if Dandridge could have returned if he wanted to.

Sounding bitter, Squire recalled Dandridge’s loyalty to the Missouri program in the weeks after former Missouri coach Quin Snyder departed in February 2006.

“It’s a shame because Glen turned down quite a few schools after Quin left because he wanted to be a Missouri Tiger,” Squire said. “It’s a real shame because those schools wouldn’t want him now with one year left.”

If Dandridge chooses to transfer to a Division I school, he would have to sit out a year before he could be eligible to play. Last season, Dandridge was hampered by a broken foot and sprained ankle, injuries that limited him to 18 appearances.

Attempts to reach Dandridge and his family were unsuccessful.

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