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Ousted Wildcats talk about futures

Former Wildcat Kevin Galloway says he has no regrets with his decision to transfer from the College of Southern Idaho to the UK in 2008, despite the fact he now is without a scholarship.

Galloway says he is undecided on where he will continue his basketball career, after agreeing with new UK coach John Calipari that it was in his best interest that Galloway leaves the program after one season.

“I can respect Calipari for what he’s done, because he told me like a man,” Galloway said.

The senior from Sacramento is one of seven Wildcats who will not be returning next year. Guard Michael Porter is foregoing his senior year to concentrate on school and his infant daughter. Walk-on guard Landon Slone is transferring to Morehead State.

Because of Calipari’s incoming freshman class, the Wildcats were over the scholarship limit. Jared Carter, Donald Williams, A.J. Stewart and Matthew Pilgrim all have been released by the school to pursue their careers elsewhere.

Pilgrim never played a game for the Wildcats. Pilgrim, a transfer from Hampton, sat out the 2008-09 season. The Cincinnati native says the decision to leave is a bitter pill to swallow.

“To tell you the truth, I thought I was safe. But it went down like it did and now I’ve got to find a new home.”

Stewart was recruited to UK by Tubby Smith, but played two seasons under Billy Gillispie. Stewart said his decision to leave was based partly on academic issues which would have forced him to sit part of the upcoming season.

“I pretty much had a meeting with Calipari and he broke things down with me. My situation wasn’t going to work out and we came to an agreement.”

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