Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Transfer Update

There are almost always questions when a student-athlete transfers from DI to DII. The reasons for transferring are varied - lack of playing time, legal issues, grades, homesickness, or other personal issues are the most common explanations. In the age of the internet, it is relatively easy to find information, but too often, only a portion of the story is told.

Soon after we posted the story on Cade Shaw transferring from Rice University to Texas A&M-Kingsville, we received a few emails "informing" us of an arrest back in April, in which Shaw and Cody Bauer (his roommate) were charged with firearms possession in a prohibited place.

As we do when we receive tips, we began researching the story, and a much more complete picture emerged.  What our tipsters failed mention was that Shaw and Bauer had already been cleared of those charges by a grand jury on May 31.  The grand jury issued a no bill, clearing both students' records.  Tyler Garrett of KRISTV reported that the gun did not belong to Shaw and was never in his possession.

We appreciate our readers sending us information, whether it be tips, links to stories or even first-hand information.  We get some really good stuff to share.  However, we feel it is our duty to perform some due diligence to ensure accuracy and completeness.  If the intent is inform and share information that might not otherwise get to a wide LSC audience, then bring it on.  If the intent is to try and cast a negative light on another LSC school, just know that it won't be posted without being looked into.

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