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Armelin transfers to Southern Mississippi

Former Gophers guard Chip Armelin has signed a scholarship to play basketball at Southern Mississippi. He was granted a release from his scholarship with the Gophers last month. He'll have to sit out next season.
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Former Gophers guard Chip Armelin has signed a scholarship to play basketball at Southern Mississippi. He was granted a release from his scholarship with the Gophers last month. He'll have to sit out next season.

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