I have no idea what the deal is. I can't say I'm surprised, but the timing is weird to me. With Dendy, there were rumors of academic issues, but it seems like if that were the case, this would have been news a week ago. I know his head hasn't been 100% about basketball in a while, but I would think he'd either quit or stay at ISU. A transfer is suprising. I guess I just don't get what has changed over the past few weeks.
Oliver has been rumored to leave for quite a while, dating to right before the season ended. I'm not sure how much sense it makes to transfer after burning your redshirt already. I guess the guy either wants to go JUCO, D2, or he wants to have only 3 years of eligibility. As far as basketball goes, I'm fine with this. There are better prospects in 2011 and 2012 anyhow. If you're a guard and are redshirting, I just don't think you were going to be all that good anyhow.
We've all been saying it for a while, but 2010 is a wash. We've got a new coach, new system, a young team, and a team with some of McDermott's players. I think 2011 may be the same case. Right now, this program is going to have to build for 2012, 2013, and 2014. These next couple of years is just all about laying the foundation so we can be optomistic. Basketball programs don't take as long to rebuild, but unless you're a hall-of-fame coach with crazy recrutiing ties, you aren't going to do it overnight.
Either way, Oliver and Dendy aren't down with The Mayor. Peace out!