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(Information in this team report is as of October 1.)
COACH AND PROGRAM
Billy Kennedy, it seemed, had walked into a gold mine. Less than a year removed from building Southeastern Louisiana from perennial doormat to champions of the Southland Conference, he was given the task of sustaining Murray State's dominance of the Ohio Valley Conference.
If preparing for this season had only been so easy.
As spring unfolded, it was apparent that the reloading job was more along the lines of rebuilding, Two of the three returning regulars soon departed -- swingman Justin Orr (8.9 ppg, 3.2rpg) transferred to Ohio University and guard Trey Pearson (10.3 ppg, 2.8 apg) was dismissed from the team because of some off-court issues. A couple of reserves were let go, and two well regarded recruits asked to be released from their letters-of-intent.