The Indiana High School Athletic Association has granted Michigan commit Austin Hatch an additional year of high school eligibility, just over 14 months after he was the only survivor of a plane crash that killed his father and step-mother, WANE-TV is reporting.
Hatch’s injuries from the crash in June 2011 were so severe that doctors needed to put him in a medically induced coma, but he has since made a remarkable recovery and plans to play basketball for Canterbury (Ind.) this upcoming season and, with this waiver, next year as well.
The waiver, which is unique if not unprecedented, ultimately grants Hatch the equivalent of a “redshirt year” for the season he missed recovering from the crash.
Hatch now reclassifies to 2014 and instead of signing with Michigan this fall, will do so in the fall of 2014.
Prior to the accident, he averaged over 23 points and nine rebounds per game as a sophomore. He reportedly chose Michigan over Notre Dame and Virginia.
According to WANE-TV, Michigan has pledged to honor Hatch’s scholarship offer, regardless of the upcoming circumstances, meaning he will be a Wolverine for the start of the 2014-15 season.
Michigan finished this past season with an overall record of 24-10, including 13-5 in the Big Ten. The Wolverines’ season came to an end with a loss to Ohio in the NCAA tournament.
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No. 15 Cincinnati pounced on Memphis from the start, taking a 51-32 lead into halftime.
Then, Gary Clark decided to add insult to injury to start the second half. Seriously, how did he catch that?
Mick Cronin’s team is much better offensively than in previous seasons. I’m sure fans in the Fifth Third Arena can get used to seeing more plays like this.
Michigan State freshman guard Cassius Winston had just one field goal in the first half. And it was a half-court buzzer-beater as the Spartans capped a sizable run to take a 49-31 lead over Nebraska going into the break.
The Spartans ended the half on a 21-5 run.
Winston provided a serious boost off the bench during that stanza. Moments earlier, he helped the Breslin Center erupt when he lobbed a pass off the backboard to teammate Miles Bridges.
Michigan State opened the day projected as one of the final at-large bids in the NCAA Tournament. The margin for error is thing and it appears the Spartans are playing with a sense of urgency.
Wednesday’s slate of games had several wild results.
Former Ohio State walk-on turned blogger turned author Mark Titus, who is currently writing for The Ringer, joined Rob Dauster on the latest episode of the CBT Podcast to go over last night’s games. The two also discussed who is the best team in the nation at the moment, as well Frank Mason III’s rap single from several years ago #BIFM
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North Carolina’s Roy Williams called fellow Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino to apologize for a fan’s behavior during Wednesday night’s game in Chapel Hill.
While leaving the floor at halftime, Pitino had to be restrained by members of the Louisville coaching staff and he and a UNC fan exchanged words as he made his way to the locker rom. There’s video of Pitino pointing and shouting at a fan, who reportedly said, “Pitino, you suck!”
“I don’t like that,” Williams said, according to the Charlotte Observer. “I mean we’re in North Carolina. We don’t have to be like everybody else. We can raise Cain. You can boo, but you don’t have to say the stuff that we as coaches have to put up with.”
“I hope that never happens at North Carolina ever again.”
No. 8 North Carolina defeated No. 7 Louisville, 74-63.
STILL TO PLAY
Georgia at Alabama (RPI: 68, KenPom: 61, next four teams), 7:00 p.m.
Nebraska at Michigan State (RPI: 43, KenPom: 55, No. 10 seed), 7:00 p.m.
Towson at UNC Wilmington (RPI: 41, KenPom: 57, No. 12 seed), 7:00 p.m.