Never let it be said that John Cooper didn't have the chance to craft his own roster. In addition to the previously announced departure of Drew McGhee, who will graduate this year and spend a season playing at Kennesaw State, the CBS Sports transfer list confirms that sophomore Jared Tadlock is leaving as well. Tadlock won't be the biggest loss for the RedHawks; he averaged only 2.8 minutes a game last season, attempted only twelve shots, and collected only four rebounds. He may have seen the writing on the wall, and he can hardly be faulted for wanting to continue his career elsewhere.
But Tadlock isn't the only addition to the Miami transfers. Although it hasn't shown up on the CBS Sports list yet, Allen Roberts had this to say on Twitter:
All that Miami gear going in the DUMPSTER!!!!!! 😎😄😇👌🙌👏🙏— Got The Juice✨ (@FREEBAND_GLOBAL) April 11, 2013
He went on to tweet that he doesn't associate with Miami any more, and that while he doesn't know where he'll be transferring to, it will be somewhere "legit."
On paper, Roberts will be a big loss. He averaged a team-high 12.3 points per game, and he has been an important contributor since he first set foot on the court for the RedHawks. But he has not been without his problems: Roberts was arrested for assaulting bouncers outside a club over the summer, and there were whispers that he wasn't buying what Cooper was selling. Whether he was a true "clubhouse cancer" type is, of course, something those of us not in the locker room won't ever know, but this does seem like a case where the loss of Roberts' on-court production may be offset by the loss of his behavioral issues. And goodness knows that his Twitter feed makes it seem like he's ecstatic to be gone.