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No changes to current transfer model expected just yet

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With the spike in the number of transfers in college basketball in recent years, many coaches and administrators openly asked if it were time to make some changes. With waivers granting players immediate eligibility at their new schools and graduate students having the ability to complete their career at a new school, many likened the current climate to that of free agency at the professional level.

As a result they called on the NCAA to make changes that would trim the number of transfers, or at the very least require all athletes to sit out a season regardless of the circumstances surrounding their move.

But on Thursday at the NCAA’s Leadership Council meetings in San Diego the decision was made to not make any changes to the current transfer rules for the time being. The council will instead continue to evaluate the proposal that would remove the possibility of receiving an immediate eligibility waiver according to Nicole Auerbach of USA Today.

“We felt we had all the information and were in a good position, but certainly there are a lot of things going on with Division I issues right now, so it’s not surprising at all with something so high-profile that more of the membership would want more time to take a look at it,” [America East commissioner Amy] Huchthausen said. “On the one hand, the number of student-athletes requesting waivers is not overly significant. … But it’s still a big issue, and it’s started to impact the culture of men’s basketball, and that is significant.”

If the proposal were to become law, players who have a season of eligibility remaining after completing four years of college would have their eligibility “clock” extended by a year. Under the current rules athletes get five years to complete four season of eligibility, allowing for a redshirt (regular or medical) or sitting out a season after transferring.

Under that proposal, a transfer looking to complete his/her final season at another school would have another year added to their “clock” to account for the need to sit out a season.

Words such as “epidemic” have been tossed around by some when it comes to describing the current transfer climate, but while the numbers have increased that description may be a bit extreme. And as Oregon head coach Dana Altman noted in the linked story, coaches aren’t forced to sit out a year after they move from one school to another. However those situation are different, with coaches (in most instances) having buyouts to take care of when making a move.

There’s a lot on the NCAA’s table these days in regards to legislation, with some of the schools who bring in higher amounts of money voicing their desire for change and athletic directors wanting more say in the governing of collegiate athletics as well. With this being the case, how high on the list of issues is the current transfer process? That could determine when (or if) any possible changes occur.

Bill Self on Cheick Diallo: ‘It may be a couple of more weeks’

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Cheick Diallo is currently practicing with Kansas, but his eligibility still remains in question.

On Monday, Kansas head coach Bill Self appeared on “The Border Patrol” on WHB-AM 810 and was asked to update the status of his freshman big man.

“He’s been cleared to practice,” Self told hosts Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty. “(His status) is depending on what they find throughout from the information we submit to them whenever we get it all together.

“A lot of people think, ‘Well, why wouldn’t it all be together?’ Well there’s a lot of reasons why. It’s because they told us recently some things that they just wanted. Instead of just throwing it to them piece by piece, they requested we to just submit it all together, so it may be a couple of more weeks before we’re able to submit everything when you’re talking about getting information from schools in Mali and everything like that.

“But we hope in two weeks, maybe three weeks, before we have a definite answer. But right now, Cheick is like everybody else. He’s practicing.”

Diallo, a 6-foot-9 forward from Mali is allowed to practice with the Jayhawks, but has been waiting to be cleared by the NCAA Eligibility Center despite enrolling in classes over the summer and earning six credits. Self anticipated this would be a long process, but has remained confident Diallo, the top-5 recruit in Class of 2015, will eventually be cleared to play this season.

For three years, Diallo attended Our Savior New American School in Centereach, New York, which is currently under NCAA review. In September, Pitt freshman Damon Wilson, Diallo’s teammate at OSNA, was cleared to play.

Kansas opens the season on Nov. 13 against Northern Colorado.

Albany’s Peter Hooley accepts Inspiration Award

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Last week, Albany senior Peter Hooley accepted the Inspiration Award at the Coaches vs Cancer Basket Ball in Troy, New York. The Albany athletic department uploaded his entire speech on Monday afternoon.

Hooley had one of the most uplifting moments of March after months and months of heartache.

The junior guard missed three weeks of the season to travel back home to Australia to be with his mother, who was battling colon cancer. She passed away in January. Hooley returned to the team in February and the following month, the Great Danes had a shot at an NCAA tournament berth. In the America East Tournament championship, Hooley sunk a game-winning shot with 1.6 seconds to go.

Hooley, who graduated in May, was selected to give the commencement speech.