Greer might transfer from Duke

April 18, 2006|By GARY LAMBRECHT | GARY LAMBRECHT,SUN REPORTER

Duke sophomore attackman Zack Greer, who led the nation in scoring with 57 goals a year ago, has contacted the University of Delaware and Penn State to express an interest in possibly transferring to either school.

Delaware coach Bob Shillinglaw and Penn State coach Glenn Thiel confirmed that Greer has inquired about attending their schools. In light of an investigation into sexual assault allegations against team members stemming from an off-campus party March 13 at a house rented by three of the team's captains, the Duke athletic department has given current players and incoming recruits the option of being released from their commitments.

The rest of Duke's season was canceled April 5, the same day 16-year coach Mike Pressler resigned. A university committee is conducting a probe of the program, which could be shut down beyond 2006.

"We got an official release from [Greer] through Duke compliance stating he wants to talk to us. We plan on doing that," Shillinglaw said. "It was a nice e-mail we got from Duke. Zack initiated the contact."

Said Thiel: "We're received a release, and we're trying to get hold of him. I think everybody would like to have him."

Greer, 6 feet 2, 185 pounds, of Whitby, Ontario, established a freshman goal-scoring record in 2005. He was part of the nation's most prolific attack unit, and he helped the Blue Devils win an NCAA-record 17 games and reach their first national championship game.

Another Duke sophomore attackman, backup Josh Coveleski, has contacted Loyola, Greyhounds coach Charley Toomey confirmed.

gary.lambrecht@baltsun.com

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