“We’ve exhausted every option and made our best effort,” Terps coach Mark Turgeon said in a statement. “I’m very pleased with the work that our compliance staff put in on Sam’s behalf. Obviously, we’re very disappointed that he will be unable to attend the University of Maryland at this time and be a part of our basketball program. We will continue to support Sam and his family in any way that we can as they determine their next steps.”
Davis‘ father reportedly is taking out a $30,000 loan to pay tuition at Xavier while his son sits out this year. Cassell’s future is up in the air; he took summer classes at Maryland but didn’t enroll for the fall semester. He can play at a junior college or a mid-major that accepts partial qualifiers. But the Baltimore native won’t accomplish his childhood dream of playing for the Terrapins, at least not this season, if ever.
“He had his heart set on it,” Washington Wizards assistant coach Sam Cassell Sr. told CBSSports.com. “He’s really hurt.”
Chalk up another one for the NCAA: No Compassion At All.
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