Last year, the "Brock Osweiler Drinking Game" became a humorous fad. It's "rules" dictated that every time a television play-by-play announcer made mention that Osweiler was 6'8" tall, the viewer took a drink.
With Osweiler now NFL-bound, something needed to fill that void. Something has, but it is far more worrisome than a simple recitation of height.
Enter "The Basketball Transfer Drinking Game".
The number of players who have transferred under head basketball coach Herb Sendek was already alarming, and included one already this offseason. Earlier this month, sophomore win Chanse Creekmur announced his decision to leave ASU to pursue college football closer to his Iowa home.
Creekmur represented the tenth scholarship player to leave the ASU program over the last four year years.
Make that 11.
Monday morning, CBS Sports' Jeff Goodman tweeted the following:
Arizona State forward Kyle Cain told CBSSports.com he intends to transfer from Sun Devils.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanCBS) March 19, 2012
The 6'7", 210-pound Cain started off his ASU career by showing a knack for rebounding, including a 17 rebound game in his third career appearance against Houston Baptist on November 25th, 2010. However, his play tailed off during the season. After posting five double digit scoring games in his first 10 games, he did not have another over the final 21. He finished his freshman season with a stat line of 5.4 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.
He improved his numbers last season to 7.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game while making 17 starts among his 29 appearances. Cain was one of three players--along with Chris Colvin and Keala King--suspended by Sendek on January 5th, but he and Colvin were reinstated a week later.
The deeply troubling trend of players departing the program under Sendek continues. The coach addressed the issue earlier in the year, saying that the transfers at ASU were about playing time. However, that is something that doesn't seem to entirely fit in this case, and the sheer number of players leaving is certainly of a grave concern.
After a 10-21 campaign this past season and with a growing wake of talented transfers behind him, the pressure for Sendek in 2012-2013 is only ratcheted up that much more.
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