staff, April 1, 2016


Statement from University of Michigan men's head basketball coach John Beilein

"After initially granting a transfer release for Ricky (Doyle) and a fifth-year graduate transfer for Spike (Albrecht) consistent with the established norms regarding intraconference transfers, I am now removing all restrictions regarding their recruitment by other universities.

"While I have concerns about the current transfer policies as well as potential effects to the landscape of collegiate athletics, we should do what is right for Ricky and Spike as they decide to further their education and basketball careers elsewhere.

"Ricky is an exemplary young man and has done everything we've asked of him. I applaud Spike on his upcoming graduation from Michigan and for continuing his diligent work to rehab his injuries. We do more than wish them well; we will assist and support them in the decision-making process."

Spike Albrecht will graduate this May from U-M with a general studies degree. He will seek a medical redshirt in order to utilize a fifth-year of eligibility and enroll as a graduate student. If he chooses to transfer to a non-Big Ten school, he will have immediate eligibility. If he chooses to transfer to a conference school he will need approval from the Big Ten of his intentions to transfer, however, he will have immediate eligibility, if and when granted.

Ricky Doyle will transfer and have to sit out one season due to NCAA transfer rules. He will have two years of eligibility remaining. If he elects to transfer to a Big Ten program, he will have to sit out a season, as well as lose an additional year of eligibility pursuant to Big Ten intraconference transfer rules.