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Illinois transfer’s profane announcement causes a stir

Considering recruits have announced their college choices by holding the mascot above their heads or shaving the school logo into the back of their hair, it takes a lot to startle fans these days.

Still, it's safe to assume no player has ever revealed his decision quite the way Coastal Carolina transfer Sam McLaurin did.

At 2:29 a.m. ET Thursday morning, apparently after some moment of late-night clarity, McLaurin sent a crass yet hilarious six-word tweet that will surely be on the front of a bootleg T-shirt sold in Champaign next winter. The final three letters of the four-letter curse word are blacked out in case any innocent eyes are reading this.

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McLaurin, who averaged 9.7 points and 7.6 rebounds as a junior last season, will be eligible immediately at Illinois next season since he is graduating from Coastal Carolina this spring. The 6-foot-8 big man should have an opportunity to crack first-year coach John Groce's rotation as an undersized low-post presence who shoots a high percentage and seldom strays far from the basket.

The language of McLaurin's tweet caused enough of a stir that he felt the need to apologize for it later Thursday.

"Hey everyone sorry about my language last night," McLaurin tweeted. "I was just extremely excited to be part of #illinination."

(Thanks, Shannon Ryan)

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