With the news coming out yesterday that Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel would be suspended for the first half of the Aggies’ season opener against Rice on Saturday, many have voiced their opinions on the subject. There were comments from notable sports figures such as Deion Sanders, with more than a few people wondering how such a suspension was possible.
But with the NCAA unable to come up with any tangible evidence that the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback was paid to sign memorabilia, the governing body and Texas A&M agreed to suspend Manziel for violating “the spirit” of an NCAA bylaw. Another individual with an interesting take on the Manziel saga is former Miami forward DeQuan Jones, whose name came up in the Nevin Shapiro case that the school has yet to receive a final ruling on.
Jones was alleged to have received $10,000 from an assistant coach (who received the money from Shapiro) while being recruited by the school, and while being investigated Jones was forced to sit out ten games at the start of the 2011-12 season. Ultimately Jones would be cleared of any wrongdoing, but having to sit out for something you didn’t do tends to leave a bad taste in one’s mouth. With that, Jones took to Twitter to voice his opinions about collegiate athletics’ governing body.
There’s more on Jones’ timeline regarding the NCAA’s governing “strategies.”
Some may argue that with his college career already finished, there’s no sense in Jones “crying over spilled milk.” But on the other hand, is he really wrong to be upset with the NCAA over this? Hard to argue that Jones is in the wrong.
But the lessons to be learned from Manziel’s story for any college athlete when faced with a similar problem: get yourself a lawyer (for when it’s time to talk to investigators), and make sure that if you do break the rules and accept compensation (note: not saying that Manziel broke the rules) it’s in cash.
h/t Sporting News, Pro Basketball Talk
Nahziah Carter is an unsigned 6-foot-6 wing in the Class of 2017.
He’s also Jay-Z’s nephew, and he just so happened to posterize Marvin Bagley III — the clearcut No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2018 — while Hova was in the stands watching him.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The NCAA has denied North Carolina State guard Terry Henderson’s request for another year of eligibility.
Henderson announced the decision Friday in a statement issued by the school.
The Raleigh native played two seasons at West Virginia before transferring to N.C. State and redshirting in 2014-15. He played for only 7 minutes of the following season before suffering a season-ending ankle injury.
As a redshirt senior in 2016-17, he was the team’s second-leading scorer at 13.8 points per game and made a team-best 78 3-pointers.
Henderson called it “an honor and privilege” to play in his hometown.
SMU pulled in a frontcourt player in Georgetown transfer Akoy Agau, a source confirmed to NBCSports.com. Agau is immediately eligible for next season as a graduate transfer.
The 6-foot-8 Agau started his career at Louisville before transferring to Georgetown after one season. Spending two seasons with the Hoyas, Agau was limited to 11 minutes in his first season due to injuries. He averaged 4.5 points and 4.3 rebounds per game last season.
Coming out of high school, Agau was a four-star prospect but he’s never lived up to that billing in-part because of injuries. Now, Agau gets one more chance to make a difference as he’s hoping to help replace some departed pieces like Ben Moore and Semi Ojeleye.
South Carolina big man Sedee Keita will transfer from the program, he announced on Friday.
The 6-foot-9 Keita was once regarded as a top-100 national prospect in the Class of 2016, but he never found consistent minutes with the Gamecocks for last season’s Final Four team.
Keita appeared in 29 games and averaged 1.1 points and 2.0 rebounds per game while shooting 27 percent from the field.
A native of Philadelphia, Keita will have to sit out next season before getting three more seasons of eligibility.
Although Keita failed to make an impact during his only season at South Carolina, he’ll be a coveted transfer thanks to his size and upside.
Mississippi State will lose two players to transfer as freshmen Mario Kegler and Eli Wright are leaving the program.
Both Kegler and Wright were four-star prospects coming out of high school as they were apart of a six-man recruiting class that is supposed to be a major foundation for Ben Howland’s future with the Bulldogs.
The 6-foot-7 Kegler was Mississippi State’s third-leading scorer last season as he averaged 9.7 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Kegler should command some quality schools on the transfer market, especially since he’ll still have three more years of eligibility after sitting out next season due to NCAA transfer regulations. Kegler’s loss is also notable for Mississippi State because it is the second consecutive offseason that Howland lost a top-100, in-state product to transfer after only one season after Malik Newman left for Kansas.
Wright, a 6-foot-4 guard, was never able to find consistent minutes as he was already behind underclass perimeter options like Quinndary Weatherspoon, Lamar Peters and Tyson Carter last season. With Nick Weatherspoon, Quinndary’s four-star brother, also joining the Bulldogs next season, the writing was likely on the wall that Wright wasn’t going to earn significant playing time.