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Harrison's transfer to Mountain View on hold

Last year's Deseret Morning News Class 3A basketball MVP Michelle Harrison might not be a Mountain View Bruin just yet.

The Utah High School Activities Association will hold another hearing on her transfer after her parents failed to provide paperwork regarding their divorce.

"Nothing has changed," said her mom, Judy Harrison, who recently bought a condominium inside Mountain View's boundaries.

"Nothing is any different than it was at the last hearing. It's just that there is a strong personal vendetta against Michelle, from where we don't know, but we're going to find out. Someone just wants to hurt her and keep her from playing basketball."

Judy Harrison asked for a transfer from Lehi, where Michelle has been a starter for two years, to Mountain View after a year of controversy that led to the firing of the program's head coach, Mike O'Connor. The Harrisons said that Michelle was actually the target of the campaign that led to O'Connor's firing and asked that she be allowed to transfer because of the negative feelings about her and the derogatory things said to and about her.

Judy Harrison also told the hearing panel that she and her husband were separated, that she planned to get a divorce and that she was moving to a location inside the school's boundaries.

Lehi principal Sheldon Worthington argued that Harrison left because O'Connor was no longer the coach and suggested he may coach as an assistant at Mountain View. Bruin administrators and head coach Dave Houle denied O'Connor had been hired in any capacity.