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Former Iowa RB McCall is transferring to Southern Illinois

[ 4 ] January 14, 2012 |

Former Iowa running back Mika’il McCall is transferring to Southern Illinois.

“Yes,” McCall said in a phone interview with The Des Moines Register when asked if that’s where he was headed. “I’m going there because my sister (Geneva) goes there. We’re going to be together.”

The freshman, who has three seasons of eligibility remaining starting next fall, was suspended for the final two games of the season, including the Insight Bowl loss against Oklahoma, for breaking an unspecified team rule.

“I don’t want to say what happened,” McCall said. “It’s time to move on.”

He refused to talk about his days at Iowa or anyone associated with the program, other than to say:
“I don’t hate anyone.”

McCall rushed 11 times for 69 yards last season, 61 of them coming in the season opener against Tennessee Tech before he broke an ankle. He was suspended after rushing for just four yards Nov. 19 against Purdue.

McCall follows a Southern Illinois path that includes former Hawkeye running back Jewel Hampton. He transferred to the Salukis after beginning his career at Iowa.

CBSsports.com reported Friday that Hampton planned to skip his final collegiate season in favor of becoming available in the NFL draft.

“That’s what he’s doing,” McCall said. “I talked to him about Southern Illinois, but the main reason that’s where I’m going is to be closer to my sister.”

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