Purely pathetic. Buzz Williams obviously didn't graduate from the Nick Saban "school of sweeping oversigning under the rug," instead this guy is pretty matter of fact about the situation. Saban at least has the decency of putting a guy on a bogus completely legit medical hardship or something - this right here is just cold.
If the NCAA is going to allow university athletic departments to treat college athletes like professional free agent athletes, then they should allow players to demand to be paid for their services at whatever the free market will bear and allow them to retain an agent to help negotiate and navigate these snake infested waters. Simply put, an 18 year old kid, even with two level-headed parents, is no match for these snake oil salesmen.
We would rather see the NCAA step in and for once actually do something logical with regards to the current recruiting by-laws and the oversigning loophole, but if that isn't going to happen then the least they can do is let these kids play on a level playing field against these universities and coaches.
Attention all future Buzz William recruits, you might want to read this article closely before you give your commitment, as it could be you on the short end of the stick instead of DJ. Be sure to read the part about DJ not being able to go to another Big East school as well.
Only three months after combo guard D.J. Newbill called Marquette his dream school when he signed, the Philadelphia native learned the Golden Eagles have decided not to honor their scholarship offer.
Marquette needed to free up a scholarship this week to accommodate talented Oregon transfer Jamil Wilson, so coach Buzz Williams revealed Wednesday that the school will release Newbill from his letter of intent. AAU coach Larry Waiters said Marquette officials used some "minor paperwork" that Newbill's high school hadn't sent yet as justification for cutting him loose.
"I understand it's a business and you're trying to do the best for your business, but when you make a commitment to someone, you should stand by your commitment," said Waiters, who has coached Newbill since ninth grade and was among the first to speak to him after Marquette made its decision. "Marquette was his ideal school. He's a little upset, but I think he'll be fine."
Marquette's brazenness in severing ties with Newbill is a tad unusual, but the Golden Eagles certainly aren't the only program willing to make such a move to better position themselves to win. Just like recruits often renege on a commitment or seek a release from a letter of intent if a better option comes along, many schools are doing the same thing.
A Marquette spokesman confirmed Wednesday that Newbill had qualified academically and the coaching staff simply decided the program needed Wilson more than him. The 6-foot-7 Wilson, a Wisconsin native and former top-100 prospect, started 14 of the 26 games he appeared in last season for the Ducks, averaging 4.7 points and 3.2 rebounds.
"D.J.'s a great kid," Williams told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. "He comes from a great family who we have established relationships with, and we're going to do everything we can to help him in his future, in whatever capacity that would be."
The good news for Newbill is that it appears there won't be any shortage of options for him despite how late it is in the recruiting calendar. He won't be able to go anywhere else in the Big East because he'd already signed with Marquette, but Waiters said a handful of other Division I programs have already expressed interest.
Newbill had previously considered West Virginia, Drexel, Nebraska, St. Joe's and Temple before selecting Marquette.
"The disappointment is that he won't get to go to a Big East school," Waiters said. "He could petition, but you're never going to win those things. But he's got some pretty good offers on the table. He's going to have to get together with his mom and his family and make a decision."