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Wow! Gilchrist Eligible in December at South Florida

Wow. Simply wow. Gus Gilcrhist somehow got a waiver to become eligible at midseason for South Florida. Have to say, I thought there was no chance this would happen for the well-traveled Gilchrist.

The short story:

In high school, Gilchrist transferred from Friendly to Progressive Christian for his senior year but ended up being home schooled because the NCAA Clearinghouse had yet to recognize Progressive. He signed with Virginia Tech, but opted out of that, was not in school for the first semester of last school year, then enrolled at Maryland. After one semester at Maryland, after having multiple appeals denied to not lose any eligibility for signing with Virginia Tech and then going to Maryland, Gilchrist left College Park and transferred to South Florida.

Normally, transfers must sit out a full season of competition and lose one year of eligibility, but South Florida appealed to the NCAA on Gilchrist's behalf.

By Josh Barr  | November 5, 2008; 5:33 PM ET
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So is this strictly because if he had stayed at Maryland, he'd be staying in conference from Va Tech, and going to South Florida and the Big LEAST he's transferring out of conference?

Posted by: jrraley | November 5, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Gus was treated wrong by UMD.This kid never did anything. Ive been reading about this for a long time.This does'nt make sense the way poeple have down played what happend at V Tech.Then he goes to UMD and has to sit out because the ACC treated him like he transferd.That's not fair this kid made a choice because of a tragedey and now everybody wants to blame some trainer.Thats funny,but it seems to me the NCAA found there was foul paly in this and they have made the best choice.WOW josh don't down play this put it on the front page.

Posted by: big99dog | November 7, 2008 6:37 AM | Report abuse

Huh? UMD treated him wrong? How exactly did they do that?

Posted by: geotherm21 | November 7, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

The haters are back! No person in his right mind would call the Big East, the best conference in the land, the Big Least. For you ACC and UMD fans, the ACC is an overrated conference. Big East teams have feasted on ACC teams in the Big dance. And this year will be no exception.

Posted by: glorydaysarehereagain | November 7, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Im glad u asked that,first UMD had Gus sign an LOI and he did'nt have to he only neeed to sign a bill of waiver.UMD knew the ACC rule and never told Gus,they had him sign the LOI so he would think he was committed to it.If he signed a bill of waiver (look it up in NCAA rules)he's not committed to the school and would be free to go anywhere.So when the ACC had that meeting and took away his eligibility Gus would think he was locked in.To make a long story short Gus found out UMD lied and they knew the ACC rule before he signed and he asked for his release.Thats how USF got the waiver for Gus because the NCAA found out what happend.GARY WILLIAMS is not the saint everybody think's he is thats why he can't get big time players from our area.


Posted by: big99dog | November 8, 2008 3:36 AM | Report abuse

For Gus to have to be qualified to play at Maryland (or any ACC school), Gus would have had to sign a bill of waiver with Virginia Tech, not Maryland. His original LOI and lack of commitment to Virginia Tech caused the problem. Maryland petitioned the ACC for a waiver to the rule.
His commitment to Maryland did not cause any problems. It was his practicing with Maryland (under the expectation that the ACC waiver would pass) however forced the latest waiver to retain eligibility for this season.

Posted by: cprferry | November 8, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

It shows you are a great fan,but you are wrong.When an athlete attends his first collage he or she must sign a letter of intent.Gus signed an LOI w V-Tech,he was not supposed to signed an LOI with UMD.If you look when Gus signed with USF it said(Gilchrist signs grant and aid with USF).A bill of waiver and a grant and aid is the same thing.I know you are a UMD fan but the coaching staff at that school is some trash to do what they did to Gus.

I can't understand how people can down play what happend at V-TECH.It shows me just how far along we are in this world.(Electing OBAMA has given me some faith).What happend at that school was bad,lets stop making excuses for grumpy old Seth. He's not a guy u want to support, look what he did to Nigel Munson. If a kid get's home sick should'nt we as (Caring Adults) let him go home.Not Seth he's more trash than(Gary Williams).

Posted by: big99dog | November 9, 2008 1:42 AM | Report abuse

I am extremely happy that Gus Gilchrist chose South Florida - and laughed at Maryland.

Go Tar Heels !

Posted by: hclark1 | November 11, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

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