In a happenstance that may be surprising to some, there has been no mass exodus from Fayetteville in the wake of the Bobby Petrino “situation”.
One player who did decide to exit stage left, however, likely did so because he wanted to be closer to home. And further from the drama, to be blunt.
Linebacker Brock Haman asked for, and was granted his release from, his Arkansas scholarship last week. Haman, a Scottsdale high school product, is rumored to be leaning toward a transfer to the University of Arizona or Arizona State University. And his father, for what it’s worth, is a definitive lean toward the desert.
“That would be my preference as a parent,” Doug Haman, Brock’s dad, said according to the Tucson Citizen and referring to where he wants his son to land.
The elder Haman also foresees the potential for his son to receive a waiver from the NCAA, generally because of the “Petrino situation” and specifically because of, well, the “Petrino situation”:
Doug said the family is pursuing the possibility of Brock being eligible to play in 2012 because of the coaching circumstances. Arkansas last week dismissed head coach Bobby Petrino, who admitted to being involved in an “inappropriate relationship” with a recently-hired university employee.
Haman suffered a foot injury prior to the start of the 2011 season, which cost him all of his true freshman season.