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Chuck Landon: Look for Kane to be back with Herd

Apr. 20, 2013 @ 12:25 AM

Pardon me for asking, but ...

Why were rumors sweeping Huntington on Thursday that Marshall basketball star DeAndre Kane is planning to enroll at the University of Illinois for his senior season as a graduate transfer?

Perhaps, it was because rumors are a lot like flowers. They have a tendency to bud and bloom in the spring.

There were two problems with this particular rumor, however.

No. 1, Kane has attended every single one of the Marshall men's basketball team's off-season workouts, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.

No. 2, the 6-foot-4 guard first has to get his undergraduate degree from Marshall before he can become a graduate transfer and, then, move to any school for his final year and be eligible immediately.

As of right now, sources say that isn't happening.

So, it's a moot point. An athlete obviously can't be a graduate transfer unless he graduates.

At one point, Kane appeared to be on track to obtain his degree in four years. That's why I asked him if he were returning to Marshall for the 2013-14 season moments after the Herd's emotional 66-64 loss to Tulane on March 13 during the Conference USA Tournament in Tulsa, Okla.

"I don't know," Kane answered. "I don't know yet. I've got to talk to coach (Tom Herrion) about it. And I've got to go home to Pittsburgh and talk to my family about it.

"I've got to do what is best for my family."

I believe what is best for Kane and his family is to stay right here at Marshall for his final season. Whether he graduates in May or after summer school or after the fall semester, I stand by that opinion.

This is where Kane is established. This is where he's "The Man." This is where there's a squad that is "his team." This is where he has an extremely close relationship with his head coach.

None of those premises would be the case if Kane transferred.

And since it now appears Kane doesn't have the option to be a graduate transfer? Well, it just makes his decision easier.

Will Marshall's fans ever see star recruit Angelo Jean-Louis lineup at wide receiver for the Herd?

Maybe.

Maybe not.

Jean-Louis has been charged with three felonies and a misdemeanor for allegedly stealing a credit card and cell phone and using both for purchases totaling about $60.

The recruit, who enrolled at Marshall for the spring semester but is sitting out as an academic non-qualifier, received a continuance Wednesday during a pre-trial hearing.

However, Jean-Louis' girlfriend, who was charged with allegedly signing the stolen credit card receipt for the purchase of pizzas, received a pre-trial diversion during her hearing Wednesday, which is basically probation.

Marshall's athletic department appears to be standing behind Jean-Louis as of now, but that would change if he were found guilty of a felony. Actually, the athletic department's hands would be tied because the school automatically expels any student convicted of a felony.

So, for now, Jean-Louis' future hangs in limbo.

Now, that the entire bidding process between WVU and IMG College has to be redone is there any reason IMG won't submit a lower bid?

None whatsoever.

Just do the math.

Chuck Landon is a sports columnist for The Herald-Dispatch. Contact him at 304-526-2827 or clandon@herald-dispatch.com.

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