Before heading to NYC, Coach Cal is taking care of some business. On his website, Cal posted a message saying farewell to Stacey Poole, who will transfer. Here is an excerpt of his message:
Some players may be behind physically and with others the competition may be further ahead in their skill set or basketball knowledge. In any case the competitor must continue to work hard to prepare for any opportunity to shine. Itâ€™s easy for me to say, but itâ€™s hard for players to deal with that.
In Stacey Pooleâ€™s case, I feel if he would have stayed, eventually he would have had a breakthrough and had his opportunity. I told his family, â€œLook, if he needs a week or two weeks to decide what he wants to do and he decides he wants to come back and play the year out, he can do that. Iâ€™ll do whatever he wants to do.â€
Having said that, Stacey and his family felt it is in his best interest to play somewhere else and I fully respect the family and their decision. I want to wish Stacey nothing but the best in whatever and wherever he chooses to go. He will always be a part of our family and the Big Blue Nation.
While the news is hardly surprising considering the events of the past week, it’s always disappointing to see a player leave the program. Best of luck to you, Stacey.