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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 “We want the contract rescinded from the outset so there is no doubt in anybody’s mind that Michael has not engaged in any fraud of the NCAA rules or defrauding Texas taxpayers of any money.”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.

You can find Rob on twitter @RobDauster.

VIDEO: University of New Orleans aids area flood victims

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After over 20 inches of rain fell over three days and over 60,000 homes were damaged in southeastern Louisiana, New Orleans coach Mark Slessinger called his acquaintance, John Derenbecker, in the area to check in. Derenbecker and his family were fine, Slessinger learned, but many in the area were not.

I told (Derenbecker) to figure out who needed the help the most,” Slessinger told the New Orleans Times-Picayune, “that I had my whole crew who could come help out on Saturday and Sunday.”

That led Slessinger and his team to the home of an elderly couple, Elbert and Ione Norred, whose house was ravaged by over four feet of flood water. The Privateers helped slog out debris, cut away wet insulation and whatever else needed removing from the soaked home.

“I appreciate everything you have done,” Ione Elbert told the Privateers. “Nobody knows how long it would have taken us to have done this.”

The Red Cross estimates that the relief effort for the flooding could cost upwards of $30 million in the region. To make a donation to the organization call 1-800-RED CROSS.

UNO’s baseball team also got in on the aid effort, heading to Baton Rouge over the weekend.

“We are proud to see our student-athletes, coaches and staff serve our fellow Louisianians in their time of need,” UNO Director of Athletics Derek Morel said in a statement. “The men and women of our program understand the importance of serving others and using our resources to help those in less-fortunate situations. We will continue to play for neighbors.”

Rutgers land 7-foot grad transfer from UNC Wilmington

PROVIDENCE, RI - MARCH 17:  Brandon Ingram #14 of the Duke Blue Devils drives to the basket as he is defended by C.J. Gettys #23 of the North Carolina-Wilmington Seahawks in the second half of their game during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Dunkin' Donuts Center on March 17, 2016 in Providence, Rhode Island.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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Rutgers landed a commitment from seven-footer C.J. Gettys on Monday night.

Gettys is a graduate transfer from UNC-Wilmington, where he averaged 5.3 points, 5.1 boards and 1.4 blocks for a team that reached the NCAA tournament. Gettys is a slow-footed back-to-the-basket player, however, and that didn’t exactly fit with the way that UNCW head coach Kevin Keatts likes to play; think Shaka Smart’s VCU teams.

So Gettys opted for Rutgers, picking the Scarlet Knights over Dayton, Purdue and Chattanooga.

He is the fifth member of new head coach Steve Pikiell’s first recruiting class.

VIDEO: Seventh Woods dunks on UNC student

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Some poor UNC student decided that he was going to try and block Seventh Woods, a freshman point guard for the Tar Heels, on a dunk attempt.

What ended up happening was that he got windmilled on.

To quote Samuel L. Jackson, as portrayed the great philosopher Dave Chappelle, “You ain’t never seen my movies?” Woods was doing this as a freshman … in HIGH SCHOOL.

Former National Player of the Year Michael Brooks dies at 58

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A Philadelphia basketball legend and a former National Player of the Year passed away on Monday night.

Michael Brooks, a 6-foot-7 forward who was named the NABC National Player of the Year in 1980, died in Switzerland on Monday night due to a massive stroke, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

He was just 58 years old.

Brooks finished his career with 2,628 points and 1,372 rebounds. He never averaged less than 20 points in his four seasons in college. (Think about that for a second.) He was the No. 9 pick in the 1980 NBA Draft and averaged double-figures for four years before season-ending knee injuries sent him to Europe to play. Brooks was also named the captain of the 1980 Olympic team that missed out on the Moscow games due to the USA’s boycott.

Brooks, according to the Inquirer, had aplastic anemia, which required him to receive a bone marrow transplant last week. His body rejected the marrow, which resulted in the strokes that ended his life.

UCLA cruises in opener on Australian tour

UCLA head coach Steve Alford, second from right, watches action against Cal Poly with his assistant coaches in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Baker)
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UCLA, who will be the most interesting team in all of college basketball this season, played their first game of an Australian tour on Tuesday morning, and they won in pretty impressive fashion.

The Bruins had triple digits on the board early in the fourth quarter, eventually beating a club in Sydney by the score of 123-76. For comparison’s sake, Washington and potential No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz beat the same team 101-80 a couple of weeks ago, so the win and the margin of victory is somewhat impressive.

Also worth noting: None of UCLA’s freshmen started. Steve Alford rolled with Aaron Holiday, Bryce Alford and Isaac Hamilton on the perimeter — Holiday and Hamilton combined for 27 points, 18 assists and 11 boards while Alford had 17 points on just 10 shots — with G.G. Golomon and Thomas Welsh up front.

But the noteworthy performances here were from the McDonald’s All-Americans that Steve Alford brought into the program. In his first game in the blue and gold, Lonzo Ball, a potential top ten pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, was just OK. He finished with nine points and four assists while shooting 3-for-9 from the floor. Leaf, however, was terrific, as he led the team with 21 points to go along with nine boards and three assists.

The first exhibition game is hardly a great way to predict how a season is going to play out, but given the pressure and expectations currently surrounding the program, everything the Bruins do this season is going to be scrutinized.

This isn’t a bad way to start.