Although many Hokie fans said, “Thank goodness,” a long time ago that gus “benedict arnold” didn’t come to Virginia Tech, they can now thank their lucky stars he didn’t. Check out this story from Fanhouse.com: Numerous NCAA Violations Surface at south florida.
This story alleges that the usf basketball program has committed several rules violations in the last year, spearheaded by their video and conditioning assistant coach, Terrelle Woody. And which player is in the center of it? You guessed it: gus “I change schools more than I change my underwear” gilchrist.
For those of you that don’t remember or didn’t know, gus signed with Virginia Tech as part of the 2007 class. After a strong performance in the April 2007 Capital Classic, his stock began to rise, but he was locked in with Tech. After the shootings on April 16th, 2007, he asked out of his letter of intent and Greenberg granted it. His people stated it was because of the shootings but there were many suspicious circumstances going on that made many think that was lip service.
gilchrist eventually signed with maryland. He began attending the school for the 2008 spring semester but couldn’t play since he had signed a letter of intent with another school. Then he found out he was going to have to sit out the 2008-09 season and lose that year (couldn’t count it as a redshirt year) due to strict ACC rules against “transferring” to another ACC school and elected to transfer to south florida. gus began playing for them once the 2008 fall semester was over. However, this article makes some interesting statements about his transfer from maryland to usf:
“In 2008 when Gilchrist was attending Maryland, senior associate athletic director Kathleen Worthington discovered Woody was working out Gilchrist and other Maryland players in the Comcast Center without paying rental fees for the facility.
Worthington said she then notified Gilchrist and the other Maryland players that they couldn’t use Woody as a personal trainer on campus unless they paid rental fees for the facility. Woody immediately stopped showing up, Worthington said.
A few weeks later, Gilchrist announced he was transferring from Maryland and soon after Gilchrist and Woody both ended up at USF.”
The article also states some interesting things about Woody and gilchrist:
“Most of the NCAA violations involve USF video and conditioning assistant Terrelle Woody, who was hired Aug. 26, 2008, in a non-coaching position by USF coach Stan Heath as part of a package deal to guarantee the signing of highly touted Maryland transfer Gus Gilchrist.”
“Among USF’s alleged NCAA violations:
— On May 20, 2009, Woody was providing transportation to Gilchrist when Woody’s car was involved in an accident a few miles from campus. Woody and Gilchrist were treated at the University Community Hospital’s emergency room in Tampa and discharged that night, said UCH spokesman Will Darnell.
‘It was raining,’ Heath said about that specific instance. ‘Gus was at the supermarket and didn’t have a way home.’
But the incident was not isolated. Since arriving at USF, Woody has provided transportation to Gilchrist so frequently around town and to and from campus that USF’s players joked that Woody was Gilchrist’s ‘personal valet.’
The NCAA allows ‘reasonable local transportation’ to student-athletes, but only on an ‘occasional’ basis.
— At the end of the 2009 spring semester in late April/early May, Woody provided transportation for Gilchrist by driving him from Tampa to Gilchrist’s home in Maryland, USF sources said.
— Woody also provided transportation for Gilchrist to Orlando, Fla., to attend at least two Orlando Magic games, including Game 4 of the NBA Finals on June 11, 2009, USF sources said. It’s unknown how they paid for the tickets.”
Can’t wait to hear where gus ends up next!
Note: A uva law school friend of mine sent me this story, perhaps bitter his beloved hoos lost to usf and gus earlier this week. usf won 66-49 over uva and gus had 18 points.