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More on Gilchrist/Terps

Here's my story today on Maryland recruit Augustus Gilchrist. As I expected, a good source confirmed he and Maryland had appealed to the ACC for a waiver from the conference's policy that a recruit must sit out a year and lose a year of eligibility if he previously signs with another ACC school.

Two sources told me a decision had not been reached as to whether Gilchrist would play this season. He obviously could give the Terps a boost. However, Gilchrist's trainer, Terrelle Woody, said that Gilchrist was planning to redshirt this year and only practice. Regardless, that now seems a moot point.

Woody said it had been hoped the ACC committee that heard the appeal would see the extenuating circumstances surrounding Gilchrist's change of mind and allow him to play and not lose the year of eligibility. One person close to Maryland alluded to Duke men's lacrosse players being allowed to transfer and getting such a waiver. "I guess they don't see it the same way," the person said.

By Josh Barr  | December 14, 2007; 11:54 AM ET
Categories:  Basketball  
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The problem here is he's not transferring. The ACC is wrong on this one and I hope Gary and Gus need to lawyer up and appeal this to the ACC and NCAA. Here's how I see it as posted by another poster from the UMD board:

According to the National Letter of Intent website, he must "serve one year in residence at your next National Letter of Intent institution." They "A year in residence" to mean "two semesters or three quarters, while enrolled full time at all times, that a student is required to sit out from competition." So, because he did not enroll at Maryland in the fall of '07, he would have to sit out spring and fall of '08.

However...

The website adds that "The basic penalty may be eliminated by asking for and receiving a National Letter of Intent complete release." Since he did receive a release, it would seem that he should be able play as soon as he enrolls at Maryland.

However...

According to the ACC's Intraconference Transfer Policies, even if "Mutual Release received, no competition 1 year and charged 1 season in all sports." So, it would seem that, following the "in residence" rule, he would have to sit out spring and fall of '08.

However...

According to page 9 of the NCAA Transfer Guide, unless he practiced with the team or enrolled (and their example of "enroll" indicated actually attending a class), he is not considered a transfer. I don't see how the ACC's "Transfer" Policies could apply to someone who's technically not a transfer. So, it would seem to me that he should be able to play as soon as he enrolls at Maryland.

Posted by: Kaisersayzo | December 14, 2007 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Gus said that he wanted to sit out the year so the ACC helped him out. What is the big deal?

Also, I like eating chicken sammies and obsessing about 18 year old male athletes in their jock-straps.

Posted by: VTAsh | December 14, 2007 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Shouldn't Gary and Gus have made sure that this wasn't going to be an issue before he signed the LOI??

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

josh,

can he still practice with the team in the interim??? is he actually enrolled and taking classes or will he be in the spring?

and when you say he loses a year of eligibility, does that mean he only gets to play 3 years instead of 4?

also you said:
"Two sources told me a decision had not been reached as to whether Gilchrist would play this season."

so its not official yet right? this is still under consideration?

Posted by: deadskin | December 14, 2007 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Woody really screwed this one up. I mean, using the 4/16 tragedy in order to get out of an LOI was brilliant, but he probably should have consulted with the folks in Greensboro first.

Posted by: Orange Julius | December 14, 2007 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Great point Ash.

18 year olds are to old for me to obsess, I like them a little younger....tee hee....

Posted by: Hokierama | December 15, 2007 12:38 AM | Report abuse

Hey Rama, do you mind if me and Stud help you out?

Posted by: Chick-N-Sammie Maker | December 15, 2007 7:41 AM | Report abuse

The big deal here is not that Gus will miss the beginning of the 08/09 season but that he will be penalized a year on top of that meaning he will only technically be eligible to play a little more than 2 1/2 years. The big deal is that this provides Gus great incentive to reneg on the UMD commitment and just take the one year NCAA penalty and then he will be able to play 4 years in another conference (Big East sleaze). Basically it means that unless he's 1 or 2 and done he's going to have to seriously consider another conference and that will kill our program. MAryland can't afford to lose Gus.

Posted by: kaisersayzo | December 15, 2007 10:02 AM | Report abuse

But Duke's lacrosse program was severely disrupted by the cancellation of the season and the dismissal of the coach. I don't see anything remotely similar between the two situations.

Posted by: Chick-fil-a Mmmm... | December 15, 2007 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Big East sleaze? You're going to throw that in there when Gus went from one ACC team to another. I know Georgetown intentionally stayed hands off in this affair to avoid even the appearance of impropriety. The Big East certainly has some teams and coaches that have done some under the table things, but those in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

Posted by: Really? | December 15, 2007 1:40 PM | Report abuse

HA, sorry kaisersayzo, don't mean to make light of the predicament this puts UMD in, but I hope you can see some irony in your post.

The big deal here is Woody screwed the pooch and got himself involved solely so he could influence the process. Now he's left VT high and dry, possibly hurt UMD and goodness knows what he's done to Gus himself.

Posted by: jaydawg | December 15, 2007 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Hey Josh - love the way you quote street agents for your work. Be sure to use a strong disinfectant when or if you climb out of that gutter. While you are down there maybe you could dig a little and collect some of the real facts on this story - why not call a spade a spade?

Posted by: irs agent | December 15, 2007 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Why isn't there more interest into the shady nature of Gus' "trainer?" He clearly has an interest (financial?) in where Gus plays. Where is the investigative journalism? I would think if there was some digging into Terrele Woody's dealing with UMd (more than likely through boosters) that it would begin to stink in a hurry. The 4/16 shottings at VT were a tragedy for sure, but to say that he doesn't feel safe in Blacksburg and then signs to play in PG county doesn't seem to make much sense.

Posted by: SlimShady | December 16, 2007 10:45 AM | Report abuse

I think the NCAA needs to investigate that VT recruiting site that was referenced in the other Gilcrest article (www.tcb007.com). Where is the investigative journalism there? If boosters and coaches are violating the spirit of the NCAA regulations with regards to recruits, then maybe some digging will uncover improprieties with VT boosters and coaches.

Posted by: Terp Fan | December 16, 2007 11:24 AM | Report abuse

There are corrupt coaches in both the ACC and the Big East. But GU is not one of them. I can't say the same about UMD, though.

Posted by: dealwithit | December 18, 2007 12:36 PM | Report abuse

There are consequences for your actions Gus.

Posted by: Gregors | December 20, 2007 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Ever heard of Lutheran Christian? GU is above suspicion, huh? Then why was Gilchrist at the Hoyas crappy Midnight Madness? Keep livin the lie.

Posted by: Schofieldloveshoyas | December 20, 2007 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Let me make things clear to you Schofieldloveshoyas: The Hoyas only recruited a player from Lutheran Christian, a diploma mill. There was no payment under the table, or any other illegal act involved. GU is known as one of the cleanest programs in the country. Regarding Gilchrist, he was at midnight madness. So what? Some 15 other players, including Monroe, the number 1 rated high school player, also took part in midnight Madness. Let me tell you that JTIII does not deal with trainers/agents. FYI, Williams did. And what do you think people call that?

Posted by: Anonymous | December 22, 2007 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Let me make things clear to you Schofieldloveshoyas: The Hoyas only recruited a player from Lutheran Christian, a diploma mill. There was no payment under the table, or any other illegal act involved. GU is known as one of the cleanest programs in the country. Regarding Gilchrist, he was at midnight madness. So what? Some 15 other players, including Monroe, the number 1 rated high school player, also took part in midnight Madness. Let me tell you that JTIII does not deal with trainers/agents. FYI, Williams did. And what do you think people call that?

Posted by: Makeitcleartohim | December 22, 2007 8:06 PM | Report abuse

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