Griffin’s dismissal happened last week, but football coach Michael Haywood finally explained the situation to Mark Berman of Fox Houston 26 Monday night.
Griffin will remain eligible to play basketball at Texas Southern for his sophomore year under former Indiana head coach Mike Davis. The forward took to Twitter Tuesday morning to share his outlook and imply that his focus will now shift to basketball, rather than an effort to transfer and get another shot on the gridiron:
Live and you Learn Imma Keep Living On To The Next Sport Time To Get Another Ring— Derrick Griffin (@Dgriff1000) September 20, 2016
And I Will Not Return to Texas Southern Football 2017— Derrick Griffin (@Dgriff1000) September 20, 2016
In Griffin’s 2015-16 redshirt freshman basketball campaign, he was awarded the SWAC Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Newcomer of the Year, First team All-SWAC and was an honorable mention AP All-American.
The two-sport star, whose name has been removed from the Texas Southern football roster on its athletics site, was equally impressive on the football field for TSU last season. He was named Second Team All-SWAC and led the conference with 11 touchdown catches. He had six catches for 90 yards and one TD this season before his dismissal.
Griffin was once considered the No. 3 recruit in the nation at wide receiver and signed to play football at Miami, but was ruled academically ineligible, leading him to Texas Southern.