YE OLDE notebook:
How, I've been asked, will WVU fare?
Well, in basketball, part of that question will be answered in the form of 6-foot-10 center Aaric Murray, who is sitting out this season after transferring from La Salle.
Murray chose West Virginia over programs like Kansas and Oklahoma State and made the final cut for the United States team that played in the World University Games.
Yet last December, Murray was arrested in his hometown of Philadelphia and charged with possession of marijuana. As always, Mountaineer coach Bob Huggins said the matter would be handled "internally."
Apparently it has been to Huggins' satisfaction. The player has been seen with the team. And on Friday, officer Christine O'Brien of the Philadelphia Police Dept. was reached.
According to her, Murray had a hearing on Jan. 5 and, via the district attorney's office, entered into the SAM (small amount of marijuana) program.
"That is for possession of 30 grams or less," O'Brien said. "He'll have to attend an education class. You do have a court hearing. Then there is a $200 cost for fees. If he does that, the charge will be expunged from his record."
According to a December report on Philly.com, Murray was arrested "in the city's Point Breeze section ... after an officer saw him walking down the street smoking marijuana."
Understand, though, drug use among student-athletes is bound to come under more scrutiny after the incident at TCU, which, like WVU, is also joining the Big 12 next school year.
Among those arrested in a campus drug bust at TCU were four football players, three projected as starters.
It was an ugly sting with the effects still being felt. Yes, there were reports pointing to marijuana, but also cocaine, ecstasy and prescription drugs.