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Joe Coleman granted release from Gophers

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Joe Coleman -- the 2011 Minnesota Mr. Basketball winner -- is leaving the University of Minnesota basketball program.

The Star Tribune reports the sophomore guard has been released from his scholarship following a coaching change that saw Richard Pitino replace Tubby Smith.

Coleman, who averaged 8.7 points and 3.6 rebounds per game last year, is the first to transfer under Pitino's watch.

The Down with Goldy blog would hate to see Coleman go because he might "thrive" in Pitino's system.

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