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Thursday, April 22, 2004 - Page updated at 12:00 A.M.
High School Sports
By Craig Smith
Coach Mike Bethea says Rainier Beach star center C.J. Giles "hasn't made up his mind" where he wants to play if Miami releases him from his letter-of-intent.
"He hasn't pinned down one team," said Bethea last night.
Giles told new Miami coach Frank Haith in a face-to-face meeting Monday at Rainier Beach that he wants to be released from the commitment because of the coaching change at Miami. Last month, Giles had asked athletic director Paul Dee to be released after Dee fired Perry Clark. At that time, Dee said he wouldn't make a decision until Giles met with the new coach.
Dee is hospitalized with a heart condition but said from his hospital bed he will talk to Haith about Giles' desire to be released from his letter-of-intent.
Dee told The Miami Herald on Tuesday night, "I will talk to coach Haith in the next few days, see what his needs are, and proceed from there. In the past, I have been opposed to releasing athletes from their letters of intent because it sets a bad precedent, but there might be a situation in which that is an option. We just have to wait and see."
Dee denied a rumor circulating in the Northwest that Miami is prepared to release Giles if the center agrees to play for the University of Washington because Miami is unlikely ever to play the Huskies.
Washington, Kansas, Arizona, Duke and Georgia Tech are among the schools interested in Giles, who has indicated an interest in staying home and becoming a Husky.
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