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Gilchrist Ineligible For U-Md. Until Dec. 08? Seems So

Second-team All-Met forward Augustus Gilchrist, who clearly could give the Maryland basketball team a boost inside, will not be able to play for the Terrapins until after the first semester of the 2008-09 school year.

According to ACC associate commissioner Shane Lyons, Gilchrist must sit out a season of competition because he initially signed a National Letter-of-Intent to play for Virginia Tech before reneging on that commitment.

In May, Gilchrist said he did not want to follow through on the LOI because he did not feel comfortable playing in Blacksburg after the April shootings on campus. In September, Gilchrist committed to play for the Terrapins and he plans to begin taking classes this spring.

Lyons said that ACC policy stipulates that even if recruits get a release from their LOI from the original school they sign with, if the recruit goes to another ACC school he must sit out one year of competition and lose one season of eligibility.

"That's the situation Augustus is in," Lyons said in a voice mail message.

I'm guessing that Gilchrist/Maryland had applied for a waiver to the policy because Gilchrist said the shootings were the reason he did not want to attend Virginia Tech.

Gilchrist could not be reached to comment today. His trainer, Terrelle Woody, said that a meeting took place earlier this month concerning Gilchrist's eligibility, but that he was unaware of the outcome. "I would hope that's not the case," Woody said of the apparent outcome. "There are a lot of different circumstances and reasons why he didn't go to" Virginia Tech.

By Josh Barr  | December 13, 2007; 5:30 PM ET
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Comments

Karma, it will get ya.

Posted by: VTAsh | December 13, 2007 10:04 PM | Report abuse

"There are a lot of different circumstances and reasons why he didn't go to" Virginia Tech.

oh really i thought it was because of the april shootings? that sounds like just one...any player who uses that as an excuse is a coward!

Posted by: zipburnvt | December 13, 2007 10:12 PM | Report abuse

ZipBurn, what is your problem? Maybe it was a variety of reasons he did not want to go to Virginia Tech. April 16th could be one. Maybe he didn't want to play far from home anymore.

And VTAsh, what karma does Maryland deserve? Gary Williams wouldn't tamper with Gus. He did not recruit Gus in high school. He didn't tell Gus to decommit. If you knew anything you would know that Gus was very interested in Georgetown unless they got Greg Monroe. Maryland was always the 2nd choice in my opinion. Oh, so a legit big man from MD wants to play at Maryland, and Gary should say no just because he decommitted from Virginia Tech? PLEASE, you r blind assumptions are a joke.

Posted by: Think Logically | December 13, 2007 10:33 PM | Report abuse

He wanted to stay at VaTech after a year of sitting it out (in order to be comfortable there).. however greenburg+va tech forced him to come and play right away before he was comfortable.. thats what led Gus to leave. He gave tech the option to wait 1 year, tech said "no", so he left.

Posted by: edwurtle | December 13, 2007 11:06 PM | Report abuse

Edwurtle, you really are without a clue here, aren't you? The down & dirty truth of it is that Gus Gilchrist was sold to the highest bidder by a scumbag of a "street agent" who sees him as his future meal ticket and wants him close by so that he can keep an eye on him. Anyone who believes otherwise is in a major state of denial.

He felt "uncomfortable" in Blackburg because of the April 16th shootings, huh? So he decides to spend the next five years of his life in College Park. Makes total sense. Hey, nobody ever gets shot at in Prince George County, do they? The only "different circumstances why he didn't go to Virginia Tech" are that Seth Greenberg wasn't willing to stoop low enough to do what it would have taken to hang on to him.

This entire sordid saga epitomizes everything that is wrong with college basketball today.

Posted by: Hank | December 13, 2007 11:51 PM | Report abuse

"however greenburg+va tech forced him to come and play right away before he was comfortable.. thats what led Gus to leave. He gave tech the option to wait 1 year, tech said "no", so he left." -edwurtle

What? Where did you come up with this nonsense? If it is true I would like to know. Can you back this up??? Seriously, thanks...

Posted by: doc | December 13, 2007 11:52 PM | Report abuse

Who are you to say Gus shouldn't feel safe in College Park? Gus is from Prince George's County, where UMD is located. If you live somewhere your whole life you probably wouldn't be scared. Don't make such a blanket statement as if PG County is the worst place ever. Home is where the heart is.

Posted by: THINK LOGICALLY | December 13, 2007 11:56 PM | Report abuse

"There are a lot of different circumstances and reasons why he didn't go to" Virginia Tech.

I guess he should not have signed with VT due to those different circumstances (other than 4/16) in the early signing period.

ehh, whatever, rules are rules. Gives him more time to refine his game at i95ballerz or he could look for his 3rd choice outside the ACC.

Posted by: one who could care less | December 14, 2007 12:08 AM | Report abuse

I95Ballerz is a Website. Refining his basketball game on a website? Do you have any idea what you are talking about?

Some people are just bitter. He didn't want to attend Virginia Tech for various reasons. Just because he decided to attend Maryland, it doesn't mean Gary Williams should be villafied. Some school would have taken him. He is a talented player who is academically qualified and isn't some criminal.

People are insinuating that Gary paid off Gus' trainer. They could be farther from the truth. Gary Williams, the same man who Maryland fans bash for not recruiting hard enough or going after star players like Rudy Gay is now paying players? You know nothing about basketball if you think he would do this.

Maryland wasn't Gus' ideal destination anyways. Once Georgetown got Greg Monroe he had to look at other options.

Posted by: THINK LOGICALLY | December 14, 2007 12:13 AM | Report abuse

The problem I have is trying to THINK LOGICALLY with your blatant assumptions that their are multiple reasons he was not going to attend VT, one who uses LOGIC would see that someone who had MULTIPLE reasons for not attending Virginia Tech would have never signed a LOI in the first place..you sound like his trainer an IDIOT!

Posted by: zipburnvt | December 14, 2007 12:52 AM | Report abuse

The bottom line is GG and his trainer tried to sneak out of a LOI under the umbrella of a national tragedy. I have a hard time believing someone from PG County was so afraid of a shooting in rural Va that they were mentally unable to keep a promise about which they once felt passionate.

Maryland isn't to blame for this, I agree. But Maryland's lack of fault doesn't make this situation smell any less. Too much of this wheeling and dealing goes on behind closed doors.

And while I don't believe the above poster's claims that GG wanted to take a year off but remain committed at VT, if that story is true, I don't blame VT. You want student-athletes who are going to come and want to play for your school. VT recruiting is climbing, so why should they keep a hand out for GG. Big man Jeff Allen is looking great, and I'm sure Greenberg can bring in another big man.

Good luck to GG. Hopefully he can sked this "trainer" of his before the NBA comes calling.

Posted by: Chris | December 14, 2007 1:56 AM | Report abuse

What is actually funny is that you have VTAsh on this website talking about "karma" and trying to make a big deal about someone breaking the rules yet he posts on a website (www.tcb007.com) that uses its relationship$ with the VT staff to get inside recruiting information in order to pass it out to handpicked and screened boosters of the football program. If you want information on who is on the coaches recruiting board, bad dirt on recruits who do not hold VT as high as they would like or if you just want to scoop the media, that is the place to go.

Posted by: IBalz | December 14, 2007 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Haha, 1Balz, hahahaha.

Posted by: VTAsh | December 14, 2007 9:44 AM | Report abuse

1Balz is right - call or email me and I will give you the information.

Posted by: M. McDonald | December 14, 2007 9:52 AM | Report abuse

What does it matter? Hey, you suck!

Posted by: The Truth | December 14, 2007 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Gilchrist never promised to remain committed to VT after taking a year off. He promised if Tech were to release him from his committment then Tech would remain in the mix for a later committment. That was his way of reneging on his committment without facing any consequences.

Gary Williams and Maryland are not at fault for signing Gus. But, Gus and his trainer surely show a lack of character.

Do we fault Arkansas for going after Bobby Petrino? No, but Petrino sure looks bad after reneging on the promises he made.

Posted by: Jeff | December 14, 2007 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Hey riverguy, you're a freakin idiot who's message board rap sheet is as long as Mike Tyson's criminal record. The flagrant lies that you have been spitting out over the past couple years are sickening. You need help!

Posted by: 2 Balz are better than 1Balz | December 14, 2007 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Cut the crap... it is all about the dollars. Woody made big bucks from boosters to steer Gus to UMd and everybody in local basketball circles knows it. I am sure that if Gus wanted to redshirt a year that VT would have obliged to keep such a rare commodity as a talanted big man. UMd was the default bidding winner after Georgetown filled up.

Posted by: pinkcadillac | December 14, 2007 10:55 AM | Report abuse

This all about Terrelle Woody.

The shame is that he has such an unhealthy influence on GG.

With such an influence, not to mention the difficult "linkage", any reasonable person is naturally suspicious of any "post-VT" move that GG makes.

Is there "brokering" involved? If so, that certainly suggests money. On and on. The shame is that GG is unduly influenced by a questionable "influence".

Posted by: ggg7ggg | December 14, 2007 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Gilchrist's "handlers" and the turtles all get what they deserve and it's too bad Gilchrist has been riding along.

If you use your brain with all of the publicly available information, it's not hard to see what has taken place.

For starters, check out the credibility of the different sources of high school education - clearly, he's not a scholar, but can he even read and write at a 12th grade level?

Being from PG County and blaming the VT shootings before enrolling in College Park is, let's say...rediculous and insulting.

The sad thing is that most of the time when there's a big controversy about something like this, the kid just seems to fizzle out.

I doubt he'll really make a hoops impact at Maryfraud nor graduate unless they've added coloring books to their curriculum.

He'll be lucky to play overseas before a career in food services.

Posted by: Use your brain | December 15, 2007 10:51 AM | Report abuse

I would think some of the IRS agents on the board would have a strong interest in the street agent biz and associated income tax evasion. This is the best way to clean up these practices...one guy doing 3-5 years would certainly give pause to other street agents...it's a dirty underbelly to college hoops. One that the media certainly under reports on.

Posted by: IRS agent | December 15, 2007 12:24 PM | Report abuse

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