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Arizona releases Negedu from LOI

Posted on: May 20, 2008 2:29 pm
Edited on: May 20, 2008 3:18 pm

Arizona has granted Emmanuel Negedu an "immediate and full release" from his national letter of intent.

A 6-foot-7 forward, Negedu told early Sunday that he requested the release in a weekend meeting with Lute Olson. When Olson left that meeting he gave the prized recruit no indication of whether the release would be granted. But Arizona officials released a statement this afternoon announcing the development, and now Negedu is free to be recruited by other schools. ranks Negedu as the 71st best senior in the nation. has him at No. 40.

(Update: I just spoke with Negedu by phone. He said the four schools he's considering are Tennessee, Indiana, Memphis and Georgia Tech.)


Since: Mar 13, 2008
Posted on: May 20, 2008 4:57 pm

Arizona releases Negedu from LOI

The part of this that stinks is how coaches from other programs contacted Negedu through back channels encouraging him to seek a release from his LOI when the coach at the school where he committed to play -- Arizona -- had not changed. In professional sports, this is considered tampering and can result in stiff penalties from the league. Shouldn't the NCAA take the same approach?

I understand the situation when a recruit signs and the coach walks. In this case, the recruit signed and then walked. The only party that gets hurt in this instance is Arizona, which must try to fill a hole in its roster and will not be able to attract a player of comparable talent.


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