When it rains, it pours.
The Rhode Island Rams suffered another setback today when it was announced that Mike Powell will transfer from the program. The Providence Journal was one of the first to have the scoop.
Powell requested his release from URI on Friday but it is unclear where he might transfer.
“We will continue to support Mike as he finishes his academic obligations here at Rhode Island and pursues his future options as a student-athlete. We wish him well in all his future endeavors,” Hurley said in a statement.
The loss of Mike Powell is just the latest personnel setback to hit the Rams. Mike Aaman is out indefinitely following an alleged off-campus assault, and he could be sidelined “perhaps for the bulk of the season”, according to the ProJo. Then there’s Jordan Hare, who has been away from the team for personal reasons, and it’s unlikely that he’ll return this season. Nothing’s official on that front, however. But our thinking is that if he were coming back for the second semester, we would have heard something by now.
So how bad is this? In short, the Rams are now thinner than last year, just in terms of the number of guys. Rhody is now left with just nine scholarship players, meaning they can’t even scrimmage in practice without help from walk-ons. From the ProJo once again.
“Our numbers are a real problem,” Hurley said in advance of Sunday’s game against New Hampshire at the Ryan Center. “We’ll come to grips with who we are and tweak what we’re trying to do. Our confidence is hurt after three gut-wrenching losses, so we have to look inside at who we are and just compete as hard as we can.”
“I don’t know if anyone could have anticipated where we are right now with our depth and it’s hurting us,” Hurley said. “Daily competition for minutes and roles make you better. That battles complacency. We don’t have that luxury. It’s my job to provide that but it hasn’t happened for one reason or another.
“A lot of these issues we have were unplanned but that’s not an excuse. We have to deal with it and move forward,” Hurley said. “We might be limited but we have some good young players who are going to see an awful lot of [playing] time, whether they’re ready or not.”
Most URI fans are feeling pretty shell-shocked right now, but a win tomorrow could help ease some of that pain. This development will also make folks start to follow recruiting news a little more closely. There hasn’t been much happening on that front as of late, but we could (hopefully) see a few things pop after the first of the year.