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OU basketball - Calvin Newell leaving the program

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First, hat tip to O^3 for scooping this story.

Coach Kruger announced this evening after practice that sophomore guard Calvin Newell has decided to transfer. Newell was quoted as saying he was distracted because of "family issues" and felt he needed to get back closer to home (Philadelphia).

His family issues aside, more than a little disappointing for arguably one of OU's best players through the first five games of the season. His loss presents a significant drop off in scoring and bench points. He'll be difficult to replace, but by all accounts he's doing what he feels he needs to do so we wish him nothing but the best.