Things just keep getting worse for Miami University athletics. First there was this whole mess, then earlier today news came out that after 15 seasons as head coach of the RedHawks women's basketball team, Maria Fantanarosa was relieved of her position effectively immediately.
Then came news that Miami was losing a member of its men's basketball program as well, to a team that won a total of three games this past season.
McGhee, a 6-foot-11-inch redshirt junior center, is rejoining former Miami assistant coach Jimmy Lallathin who left Oxford before the 2011-2012 season to become the Owls assistant head coach. It also means a reunion of sorts with current Owls head coach Lewis Preston, who in 2008-2009 had recruited McGhee while an assistant at Penn State. The Owls went 3-27 (2-16 Atlantic Sun) this past season and we're plagued by an overall lack of ability, finishing near the bottom in every major statistical category while getting beat on by this team.
McGhee took to Facebook to thank the fans and the Oxford community for the past four seasons.
"I have been lucky enough to have attended Miami University for the past four years and will be receiving my bachelors degree after this year. Its been a fun ride and have had some unforgettable times. I am also extremely excited to say that next year I will be attending Kennesaw State University in Georgia for Graduate School and be playing there for my last year of collegiate basketball. Ready to head down for some southern hospitality."
McGhee averaged just 12.2 minutes and 5.2 points-per-game last season for the 9-22 (3-13 MAC) RedHawks and missed the final six games of the season with a knee injury. He should be good to go for the start of the 2013-2014 season and because he is a graduate student, will be eligible to play for the Owls right away.
All in all it's been a rough week for RedHawks athletics. But at least they're not Rutgers.