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O.J. Murdock, UAB basketball

No, the two subjects are not related.

First, a few words on the commitment reported by Orenthal James Murdock of Tampa. And yes, that’s his full name, as seen on the online court documents.

As referred to previously, Murdock may still be at South Carolina if not for his alleged scheme to pilfer $400 worth of goodies from a Tampa-area Macy’s, with the help of his girlfriend, who worked there. Both were charged with third-degree grand theft, but the cases have been resolved with a pre-trial intervention program, documents show.

But here is something that bugs me a little: The young lady’s case was resolved a lot quicker than Murdock’s… There were some twists and turns to his case, which included a failure to appear or two a capias and a retracted capias, etc. Now, college kids can step into some doggie doo along the way, but the quickest way out includes making it to the courthouse on time!

My other concerns are football-related: He hasn’t seen much game action since graduating from Tampa’s Middleton High. He was redshirted in 2005, caught one pass at South Carolina at 2006 before his suspension and caught six balls in just three games for Pearl River Community College in Mississippi last fall. Have his skills eroded?

I have been told by an MU official that Mark Snyder is loading up on juco recruits to help even out his classes. But this looks like a dice roll from a 12-23 coach. Cross your fingers, Herd fans.

On to basketball, where the Herd plays East Carolina tonight. Looking ahead to the home opponent Saturday, UAB, there will be two changes for the Blazers: (1) Walter Sharpe is gone for the season due to academics and (2) Georgia transfer Channing Toney debuts tonight against Southern Miss. Toney is a hometown product and son of former NBA player Andrew Toney.

The loss of Sharpe, who hasn’t played since UAB beat Kentucky, is going to sting the Blazers. He was an inside force, and owns the league high with 17 rebounds in a game against Rhode Island. The bodes a little better for Tirrell Baines and MU’s inside game.