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Hardship waiver for Seton Hall guard Sterling Gibbs reportedly denied by NCAA

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Seton Hall guard Sterling Gibbs has been denied a hardship waiver by the NCAA, J.P. Pelzman of The Bergen Record (N.J.) is reporting.

Gibbs, a New Jersey native, transferred from Texas at the conclusion of the 2011-12 season, reportedly to be closer to an ailing family member. Judging by the recent precedent set by the NCAA in regards to hardship waivers, the Gibbs decision comes as somewhat of a surprise.

Last season, Arizona guard and New York native Momo Jones was granted a waiver to play at Iona, a move that was sparked by Jones desire to be closer to an ailing family member, as well.

According to Pelzman, Seton Hall will appeal the decision.

Gibbs played sparingly in his freshman season at Texas, averaging 2.6 points per game in just over seven minutes per contest. Had the waiver been approved, he would have been an immediate replacement for point guard Jordan Theodore, who graduated this year.

“We’re excited to add Sterling to our family,” Seton Hall head coach Kevin Willard said in a statement at the time of Gibbs’ transfer.  “He’s the type of player that will contribute to our backcourt efforts over the next few years.  He’s also a player that knows Seton Hall, its mission and culture well.  Sterling will be a nice fit.”

Gibbs is the all-time leading scorer at Seton Hall Prep (N.J.) earned First Team All-State honors during his senior season. If the waiver appeal is denied, Gibbs will have to sit out a season, in accordance with NCAA rules, and would be eligible at the start of the 2013-14 season.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

Wichita State’s Anton Grady improving after being hospitalized

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Wichita State senior forward Anton Grady received some positive news on Saturday as a neurosurgeon reviewed MRI results, which are negative for spinal cord trauma.

According to a release from Wichita State, doctors believed Grady suffered a spinal cord concussion during a collision on Friday after he was taken off the floor in a stretcher and taken to a hospital in an ambulance. CT and MRI scans on Friday both turned up negative, but the news of Saturday’s results are an even more encouraging sign for Grady.

The injury for Grady occurred during a Friday loss to Alabama during the AdvoCare Invitational as the senior’s condition has improved since the collision. Grady will receive physical therapy over the next few days and doctors will check his progress before he is released from the hospital.

Grady has been alert and responsive to questions and had feeling in his extremities on Friday, but the use of his arms and legs was limited. By Saturday morning, Grady had improved the use of his extremities.

The 6-foot-8 Grady has averaged 9 points and 6 rebounds per game this season in his first season with the Shockers. The Cleveland State transfer is shooting 39 percent from the field.

Colorado’s Tory Miller reprimanded by Pac-12 after biting opponent

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Colorado sophomore forward Tory Miller has been reprimanded by the Pac-12 and he also apologized for biting Air Force’s Hayden Graham earlier this week.

During Colorado’s win over Air Force on Wednesday, Miller was assessed a Flagrant 2 Dead Ball Technical Foul and ejected with 12:25 left in the second half after biting Graham during a loose ball.

In a release from the Pac-12, they announced reprimanding Miller, but he will not be suspended.

“All of our student-athletes must adhere to the Pac-12’s Standards of Conduct and Sportsman-ship,” Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said in the release. “Regardless of Mr. Miller’s frustration and emotion, such behavior is unacceptable and he is being appropriately reprimanded.”

Miller also released his apology in the same release.

“I would like to apologize for my actions during the Air Force game. I would like to apologize to Hayden Graham, Air Force, my teammates and fans. It was a heat of the moment thing. I’m an emotional player, but I let my emotions get the best of me. I will use this as a learning experience and focus on helping my teammates and respecting my opponents for the rest of the season and beyond,” Miller said.

For Miller to not be suspended for this is good news for him and Colorado since he won’t miss any additional action, but did the Pac-12 make the right decision on this?