Tuesday, June 3, 2008
UM's Gilchrist Granted Transfer Release
Things keep getting worse for Maryland. Incoming Terrapins' freshman Gus Gilchrist has been granted his release by the university so he can potentially play immediately at another school outside of the ACC. Since Gilchrist had originally signed with Virginia Tech, the NCAA said he had to sit out the first semester of games. Head coach Gary Williams said the team appealed twice to the NCAA and was denied both times. "Gus has asked for a release to explore other options which may allow him to play more games at another university outside the ACC, pending an NCAA waiver," Williams said in a statement. Gilchrist was grateful to the Terps' coaches for trying to get him eligible for the upcoming season. "I would like to thank Coach Williams and the basketball staff at Maryland for all their support in attempts in appealing this process," he said in a statement. "I wish them the best in the future." Since he will be considered a transfer no matter where he ends up, Gilchrist will have to petition the NCAA to get the standard one-year waiting period waived so he can play right away. The announcement comes less than two weeks after JC transfer Tyree Evans also asked for his release from the school.