Here’s some more fallout from the Bob Huggins-to-West Virginia story. According to the Kansas State Athletic Department, incoming signed basketball recruits will not be released from their National Letter(s) of Intent.
At a press conference in Manhattan, Kansas yesterday, Kansas State’s Athletic Director, Tim Weiser said, “Our policy as a department is that we don’t grant releases. We invest a lot in recruitment, training, scholarshiping (that can’t be an actual word) and boarding of our student athletes, and for us to grant releases is something that we would have to be convinced is in the best interest of both the university and the student athlete.”
So that means the nation’s No. 1 recruit, Michael Beasley, would either have to play at Kansas State, sit out a year to play for Huggins at West Virginia, go to prep school or play overseas for a year before entering the draft. The same rules would apply to super-frosh Bill Walker, who was a freshman this year but won’t be eligible to enter the draft because he does not meet the NBA age requirement. For those who don’t know, Walker (a former high school teammate of O.J. Mayo) graduated high school early to enroll at Kansas State and play for Huggins.
Also, for the uninformed, after being unceremoniously drummed out at Cincinnati, Huggins spent the next year recruiting kids to play for him, despite not having a job. And just to clarify, if a coach doesn’t have a job, the NCAA’s recruiting standards don’t apply to him. So yeah, Huggins is like the most ethical guy ever.
So basically what Kansas State is saying to its players is, “We know you’ll leave unless we force you to stay. So guess what, you’re stuck in Manhattan, Kansas. Muhahaha.”
Seriously, this sucks. Don’t get me wrong, these kids totally deserve it for hitching their wagon to the Bob Huggins train, but it does suck for them. Hopefully it discourages kids from going to awful schools just because a coach promises them things. They should go somewhere they can live, not just play. And let’s face it, I’d rather be fisted by a syphilitic transsexual, than spend three days in Manhattan, Kansas.