HUNTINGTON — Marshall’s athletic department was overruled Friday in its refusal to grant point guard Kareem Canty a release from his basketball scholarship.
A three-member panel heard Canty’s case at the university’s Student Affairs Office and upheld the appeal, The Parthenon student newspaper reported.
The athletic department had no comment, but Canty surely did.
“I’ve won my appeal!!!!!!!!!! I will be granted my release,” he exclaimed on his Twitter account.
Whether the release matters that much is up to debate. Sure, Canty is free to pursue the next step in his college career now, but that would have been the case on May 13 or earlier, i.e., the end of spring semester. At that point, MU athletes’ scholarship agreements terminate, pending renewal for the next academic year.
Canty’s immediate problem is this: Barring an NCAA hardship waiver, he would have to sit out a season if he transfers to another Division I school — and will be sitting out the second season in three years. He would be eligible immediately in Division II or NAIA.
Conceivably, the New York native could play the 2014-15 year in a junior college, but he may be too far along in his education track to do so. He has taken classes at MU for two years, the first not playing basketball as a nonqualifer as a freshman, and could finish this semester classified as a junior academically.
Whatever the case, Canty will be a notable commodity. Averaging 16.3 points and 5.45 assists, he was named third-team All-Conference USA and made the league’s All-Freshman team. He also played the second-most minutes of anybody in the league, 36.7 per game.
When previous coach Tom Herrion resigned after an 11-22 season, Canty made his disgruntlement immediately known via Twitter. MU has yet to hire a replacement for Herrion.