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ATLANTA - MARCH 10:  Head coach Andy Kennedy of the Mississippi Rebels reacts to a call made by a referee against the Florida Gators during their semifinal game in the Southeastern Conference Men's Basketball Tournament at the Georgia Dome on March 10, 2007 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
The Dead Guy SECAnalyst IApril 13, 2009

David Huertas, Pirate, Puerto Rico


All the rumors surrounding David Huertas came to fruition today as he's officially left Ole Miss, joining the Quebradillas Pirates.

It's yet another blow to the most snake-bitten team I've ever seen.

Coupled with Malcolm White's unexpected departure, this is a real hit to the depth of the team as Huertas was going to be a real candidate for SEC Sixth Man of the Year Award, playing behind Terrico White and Chris Warren next season.

I really don't know what to say about Huertas' departure. We have proven depth at the guard position, so he's not as a big a loss for us as someone like White was.

Huertas was certainly an enigma, putting together some of the best and worst games I've seen in my 15 years of attending Ole Miss basketball games. He's one of the most openly emotional players we've had in recent years and honestly believes he's fouled on every shot he takes.

His size along the perimeter will be missed.

While I'm certainly not attempting to state this as fact, I wonder if he left the team because he knew he'd be coming off the bench next year.

He and coach Andy Kennedy (pictured at the top) have always had something of a tense relationship, which was obvious to anyone sitting on the east side of Tad Smith.

While each party downplays it in the media, you have to wonder how strained it was.

Another side of me wants to believe him when he says that he just wants to play basketball and be near his family. Huerta's been in school four years and already won a National Championship.

Next year's team would certainly be the most talented he would've been on, but another Ole Miss National Title is no longer in his future.

Regardless, I wish him well. Like so much of Ole Miss athletics, he was beautiful at times and remarkably frustrating at others.

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