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June 20, 2011

Clarke granted release

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Senior to be Rotnei Clarke is no longer a member of the Razorback men's basketball program, the University of Arkansas announced on Monday.

Clarke was granted a release to speak to other institutions on Monday after completing all the necessary requirements for obtaining a release, including an in-person meeting with the athletic director or his designee.

"Upon receiving a written request and meeting with him today, as part of our review process, it is clear to me that it is in the best interests of everyone for Rotnei to continue his academic and athletic career elsewhere," Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long said. "We wish him well and hope that he finds what he is searching for at a new institution."

"I wish Rotnei Clarke the best as he moves on," Arkansas head men's basketball coach Mike Anderson said. "Shortly after I arrived, I met with him and was given every indication that he wanted to be a part of our program moving forward. Recently, Rotnei informed me of his intent to leave the University of Arkansas. At that time, I informed him that he would need to speak with the athletic director regarding his request. I then recommended to Jeff Long that we grant him a release to allow him to speak to other schools.

"We will continue to build our program with student-athletes who are committed on and off the court to being Razorbacks. That is how this program was built, with guys who are dedicated to the hard work, pride and passion it requires to be a part of the championship tradition of Razorback Basketball."

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