November 30, 1999
Randle El Decides to Concentrate on Football - For Now
Bloomington, Ind. -- Indiana sophomore quarterback Antwaan Randle El, one of the frontrunners for the 2000 Heisman Trophy, has decided that he will not play basketball this winter and will instead concentrate on academics and football. However, he has not dismissed the idea that he may return to the IU basketball team in the future.
"The first thing Antwaan needs is some rest," said head basketball coach Bob Knight. "Cam, Antwaan, and I sat down together and decided that the best thing for Antwaan is to not play basketball this winter. However, the door is certainly open for him to return to the basketball team over the next year or two and there might even be a little baseball on the horizon."
Said Randle El, "This was a very difficult decision for me to make but I am confident that it is the right one at this time. It's been a demanding football season and as we near the end of the first semester I need to get my legs underneath me again and continue to concentrate on my studies. I love playing basketball at Indiana and I have great respect for Coach Knight and his program. I know I'll miss playing but I need to concentrate on football and academics this offseason. Coach Knight was very supportive of my decision and I'm very thankful he has given me the opportunity to play basketball at Indiana."
Randle El has not ruled out playing basketball in the future.
"Coach Knight has left the door open for me if I decide to play in the next year or two," he said. "If they run into any problems with injuries this season, and if Coach decided he wants me to fill in for someone, I'll be over there in a second."
This past season, Randle El set school records in total yardage (3,065) and touchdowns responsible for with 30 (17 passing, 13 rushing). He also became the first sophomore in Big Ten history to reach 5,000 career total yards (5,633 total yards and 47 touchdowns).
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