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Thursday, July 8, 2010
Academics work in favor of Binghamton

By Diamond Leung

Binghamton actually got some good news for a change when leading scorer Greer Wright decided he would return for his senior season rather than transfer to Cincinnati, according to the Press & Sun-Bulletin.

Wright certainly had every opportunity to transfer given the turmoil at the program and that he might not have had to sit out a year. The NCAA has handed out a hardship waiver to at least one of his former teammates because of the program's troubles.

But according to the report, the 6-foot-7 forward, who averaged 15.6 points per game, decided to stay with interim coach Mark Macon for academic reasons.
Wright said academics played a significant role in his decision to stay at BU. A Human Development major, Wright said that some of his credits accumulated at BU would not be accepted at Cincinnati.

"At Cincinnati, I wouldn't be able to graduate on time, or I would have had to change my major, which I really didn't want to do," Wright said. "That was one of the main things; my parents wanted to see me graduate.

Hearing this has to be refreshing for Binghamton given the accusations of the program's academic misconduct and school officials compromising academic standards for the team.

Because if Wright wants to stick by his team and his pursuit of a degree even when he had a chance to bolt for a bigger conference, maybe it shows that at least someone in this situation is making adult decisions.