Bradley University committee rejects Granger's appeal

ALBUQUERQUE -- A Bradley University committee has rejected an appeal by forward Danny Granger Jr. to release him from his scholarship at the Peoria, Ill., school.

Granger, who transferred to the University of New Mexico in January, appealed March 12 after Bradley athletic director Ken Kavanaugh refused Granger's request for a release.

Granger's father, Danny Granger Sr., said Wednesday he tried to work through the appeals process and his only alternative now is to explore other options he has been putting off.

"I really think my son was treated unfairly,'' Granger Sr
said. "I believe his civil rights were violated.''

Granger Jr.'s parents said they are now allowing the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to take up their fight.

They also said they still plan to appeal the case to the NCAA, which already is investigating the matter after Bradley accused New Mexico coaches of inducing Granger Jr. to transfer.

"I'm willing to do whatever I have to do to make sure my son is happy,'' Granger Sr. said.

Without the release, Granger Jr. must pay his own tuition and fees at New Mexico for two semesters -- about $11,400.

Granger has paid for the current semester, said Lobos coach Ritchie McKay.

Granger becomes eligible to compete in the second semester of the 2003-2004 season, after sitting out the required one year as a redshirt transfer.

Granger, 6-foot-9, was Bradley's top scorer and rebounder, averaging 19.2 points and 7.9 rebounds a game as a sophomore this season.

He has said he transferred to New Mexico after getting fed up with intimidating tactics of Bradley coach Jim Les, not because of any wooing from the Lobos' staff.