Indiana's Watford and Penn State's Glover go for the basketball during an NCAA basketball game in Indianapolis

Report: NCAA denies San Francisco guard Matt Glover’s waiver request

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With the combination of a Penn State campus embroiled in controversy and the desire to be closer to this family, Matt Glover transferred from the Big Ten school to San Francisco this off-season.

But the hopes of being able to suit up for the Dons this season have been dashed, as the NCAA denied the request for a waiver that would make him immediately eligible according to Jeff Goodman of

Glover started 21 games for the Nittany Lions last season, averaging 2.8 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.

Another reason for Glover’s decision to transfer back to a school in California was the health of his mother, who suffered a heart attack in April.

His mother, Nancy Willson, told that the Penn State situation, along with family issues, were the reasons she gave to the NCAA on the waiver in an attempt to gain immediately eligibility.

Willson had a heart attack this past April, just after returning from the visit to San Francisco.

“I think it was broken heart syndrome,” she told “I believe I had it because of all the losses I’ve had in my life and because of empty nest syndrome.”

You see, Willson lost the oldest of her nine children (six are biological) when he was 18 to a brain virus. She lost her only brother, her ex-husband died of a heart attack a couple years ago and Glover’s husband also passed away of colon cancer a little more than a decade ago.

“It’s been tough,” Willson admitted.

But this wasn’t enough for the governing body, which has decided that Glover needs to sit out the 2012-13 season.

This is a tough blow for Rex Walters’ squad, as the Dons lost their top four scorers from last season’s 20-win team.

Glover would have added some valuable Division I experience to a team that has just one returning starter (point guard Cody Doolin) and seven freshmen.

There’s also junior guard De’End Parker, who left UCLA to attend to his ailing mother last season, and he’s another key addition to the San Francisco program.

The NCAA has handed out a number of waivers in recent years, allowing players to avoid having to sit out a season. But why wouldn’t Glover been deemed worthy of a waiver? Doesn’t seem to make much sense.

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Georgetown center Bradley Hayes out indefinitely with broken hand

Georgetown center Bradley Hayes (42) is greeted by John Thompson Jr., right, father of Georgetown head coach John Thompson III, after an NCAA college basketball game against Syracuse, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, in Washington. Georgetown won 79-72. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
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Georgetown announced on Saturday that senior center Bradley Hayes will be out indefinitely after breaking his left hand in practice on Thursday.

“It is a blow to our team, but I’m very disappointed for Bradley because of the heard work he has put in over the last four years to put himself in a position to have a good senior year,” Georgetown head coach John Thompson III said in a release. “He had successful surgery today and we expect him to fully recover but we’re not sure when he’ll return.”

The 7-foot-0 native of Jacksonville was putting together a very solid senior season before the injury. Hayes averaged 21.4 minutes per contest in which he put up 8.5 points and grabbed 6.6 rebounds per game. After playing sparringly during his first three seasons at Georgetown, Hayes has become a key interior piece for the Hoyas this season.

Without Hayes in the lineup, freshman Jessie Govan will get more minutes and have a chance to be the go-to post player in the Georgetown rotation.