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New Mexico grants Merv Lindsay's release from the basketball team

Wednesday the University of New Mexico announced that Merv Lindsay has been granted his release from the school.

Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

On Wednesday the University of New Mexico announced that Merv Lindsay has asked for and was granted his release from scholarship. Lindsay who sat out the 2012-13 season after transferring from Kansas played in 20 games last year averaging 0.6 points and 1.1 rebounds in 6.1 minutes.

Lindsay has two years of eligibility left but must sit out the 2014-15 season if he chooses to transfer to another division I school.

In a release Craig Neil said, "Merv has been a part of two championship teams with us and was a proud Lobo throughout his time at New Mexico. I'd like to thank him for his work in our program over the past two seasons. Our program will continue to support Merv as he pursues other playing opportunities."

The departure of Lindsay puts the Lobos at the NCAA scholarship limit of 13 for the upcoming season, and that was needed since New Mexico added Tim Williams from Samford in late June. That addition gave the Lobos 14 players on scholarship one over the scholarship limit, so someone had to go from the New Mexico team to be under that limit.