Michael Young’s lawsuit against Houston complicates, benefits (?) Joseph’s waiver case

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Houston transfer Joseph Young’s case to play immediately at his new school Oregon is as complicated and confusing as any that I’ve come across.

Let’s start at the beginning.

Young, a Houston native that played in the powerhouse Yates HS program, originally signed a Letter of Intent to play at Providence, but eight months after doing so, his father, a former member of the Phi Slamma Jamma Houston teams, was hired by James Dickey as an assistant coach with the Cougars. Between that and an aunt that was sick, Young decided that he no longer wanted to be a Friar, but Providence wasn’t having it and refused to release him from his NLI.

He filed an appeal with National Letter of Intent Policy and Review Committee, but the appeal was denied in August, meaning that Young would have to sit out a season and lose a year of eligibility to go to Houston. He did anyway, but caught a break a few months later when Young was given a fourth year of eligibility back. The only stipulation was that Young would have just four seasons to use up those four years of eligibility.

Things got mucked up at Houston when Young’s father, Michael Young, was reassigned. He would no longer be the Director of Basketball Operations for the Cougars, instead taking a job in a community service role in the athletic department. Joseph didn’t want to play in a program where his father had been demoted, so he transferred out.

Now, there are a couple of reasons why this move by the younger Young has gotten complicated. For starters, if he isn’t granted the waiver, Young will not be able to use all four years of his eligibility. That wouldn’t necessarily be a deciding factor for the NCAA, except that the situation with his father appears to be murkier than previously thought. Michael Young filed a lawsuit against the University of Houston last week that essentially says that he was fired from his job, but that he was given a no-show job where he would still be getting paid as long as his son was on the team.

“So that Michael will not be part of a fraud for one second,” attorney Reginald McKamie said. “We want the contract rescinded from the outset so there is no doubt in anybody’s mind that Michael has not engaged in any fraud of the NCAA rules or defrauding Texas taxpayers of any money.”

Why would someone turn down a no-show job where they’re still getting paid? Why would Young go public with a potential NCAA violation in an industry where snitching is the worst thing that you can do?

Is it as simple as trying to get his son that waiver?

Trey Zeigler got a waiver to leave from the NCAA to play at Pitt immediately because his father was fired by Central Michigan. But Michael Young wasn’t fired, he was reassigned, which could have put that waiver in jeopardy. Getting the contract rescinded would force Houston to acknowledge that he was fired, which would help Joseph’s case.

And can you imagine a situation where the NCAA wouldn’t grant a waiver to a transfer when his old school tried to commit an NCAA violation to keep the player happy? As John Infante points out here, hiring Michael Young to this alleged no-show job would probably be a violation.

Oregon is still going to have to play the waiting game for Joseph, who averaged 18.0 points and shot 42.5% from three last season, to see if he gets that waiver.

But thanks to an impressive ability to navigate the NCAA rulebook, it’s looking more likely that Oregon will have themselves a new guard for next season.

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Colorado adds commitment from Class of 2017 point guard McKinley Wright

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Colorado landed one of the best available point guards for next season on Friday as Class of 2017 floor general McKinley Wright committed during an official visit.

A former Dayton commit who opted out of his recruitment after former head coach Archie Miller took the Indiana job, Wright was one of the best available point guards left as he played last weekend on the adidas Gauntlet in front of college coaches with D1 Minnesota.

The 6-foot-0 Wright gives the Buffaloes another ball handler and distributor as he was Minnesota’s Mr. Basketball during this past season. As a senior, Wright averaged 22.9 points, 8.1 rebounds and 7.8 assists per game.

It’s always hard to say if spring recruits who elevate a level in recruiting after decommitting are making the correct decision, but Wright looked the part of a high-major lead guard last weekend, and Colorado wasn’t the only high-major program that was pushing hard to add Wright at this late stage.

Oral Roberts to hire Baylor assistant coach Paul Mills

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Oral Roberts has found its new head coach as they will hire Baylor assistant coach Paul Mills, as first reported by NBCSports.com’s Rob Dauster.

Mills had been on staff with the Bears since 2003 as he’s been a big factor in why head coach Scott Drew has been able to turn around that program. A graduate of Texas A&M, Mills has been a full-time assistant at Baylor since the 2009 season.

“I am honored to accept this role of representing this historic institution, its students and its mission,” Mills said in a release. “Making this commitment today is a highlight of my career and I look forward with excitement to the basketball season directly ahead. Go Golden Eagles.”

Mills will replace former head coach Scott Sutton, who was relieved of his duties this offseason after 18 years at the helm.

 

Iowa commit Connor McCaffery to redshirt in basketball to pursue baseball

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Iowa commit Connor McCaffery is in a unique spot when he starts his freshman year in Iowa City next year.

Not only is the 6-foot-4 guard the son of basketball head coach Fran McCaffery, while being a four-star national basketball prospect, but Connor also has a bright future in baseball.

There was a lot of speculation as to what Connor might do for his future in athletics and he gave more clarification on what he might be looking to do on Friday.

McCaffery has decided to redshirt in basketball next season to focus on the beginnings of his baseball career at Iowa. A walk-on for both sports, the move enables Connor McCaffery to potentially play three years of basketball with his younger brother, Patrick, who is also a heralded basketball recruit for Iowa. This move also gives Connor the best chance to pursue both sports while he’ll also help out a young Iowa basketball team with its tough scholarship scenario.

Butler, Chris Holtmann agree to a contract extension

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Butler has agreed to a contract extension with head coach Chris Holtmann, the school announced on Friday, that will keep him under contract through 2025.

“Butler truly is a special place, and my family and I are thankful to be part of a great academic institution and an athletics department that is a source of pride for those who embrace Butler and The Butler Way,” said Holtmann. “Our student-athletes, our staff, and so many throughout our campus are remarkable at what they do, and I’m excited to continue to work alongside them.”

Holtmann was named Big East Coach of the Year after leading the Bulldogs to a 25-9 record and a spot in the Sweet 16. In three years with the program, Holtmann has a record of 70-31.

“Chris is a tremendous ambassador for Butler and the Butler Way, and his leadership has resulted in success both on and off the court for the talented young men in our program,” said Butler Vice President/Director of Athletics Barry Collier. “This commitment – both by our university and by Chris – allows the momentum within our program to continue.”

Holtmann was in the mix for a couple of jobs this spring, including N.C. State and Missouri.

Report: Nike, Adidas and Under Armour all pass on sponsoring Lonzo Ball

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Lonzo Ball will enter his rookie season in the NBA without a sponsorship deal from Nike, Adidas or Under Armour, only his family’s Big Baller Brand apparel.

That, according to a report from ESPN, is due to his father LaVar’s insistence that Lonzo not sign with one of the three major apparel companies unless they opted to sign a licensing deal for Big Baller Brand merchandise instead of outfitting Lonzo with their own gear.

“We’ve said from the beginning, we aren’t looking for an endorsement deal,” LaVar told ESPN. “We’re looking for co-branding, a true partner. But they’re not ready for that because they’re not used to that model. But hey, the taxi industry wasn’t ready for Uber, either.”

LaVar had been representing his son in the negotiations, and is now expected to reach out to other shoe brands, including Chinese apparel companies like Li-Nang.

Big Baller Brand is a startup apparel company launched by LaVar Ball. They sell t-shirts, sweatshirts and hats, with most of their products costing at least $50.

Lonzo declared for the NBA Draft after an all-american season that saw him and the UCLA Bruins flame out of the NCAA tournament in the Sweet 16. UCLA lost to Kentucky in that game, and Lonzo had a quiet night while his point guard counterpart, De’Aaron Fox, went off for 39 points.

Lonzo is a likely top three pick in the NBA Draft and, potentially, could still end up going No. 1. He has two younger brothers as well. LiAngelo will be a freshman with the Bruins next season while LaMelo just finished his sophomore season in high school. Both will attend UCLA.