Michael Young files lawsuit against Houston

On May 31, Michael Young and Joseph Young announced they were leaving Houston’s basketball program.

Michael, a former member of Phi Slama Jama and someone who had worked at Houston since 1998, refused reassignment within the athletic department. Joseph, Michael's son and the Cougars’ leading scorer last season, decided to transfer, eventually ending up at Oregon.

Now, we have some more details on what really happened between Michael Young and the university.

Over the weekend, the Houston Chronicle reported that Young filed a lawsuit to “have his employment contract with the school rescinded.”

"So that Michael will not be part of a fraud for one second," attorney Reginald McKamie told the paper. "We want the contract rescinded from the outset so there is no doubt in anybody's mind that Michael has not engaged in any fraud of the NCAA rules or defrauding Texas taxpayers of any money."

According to Young, he was told by head coach James Dickey that he was being reassigned -- from the director of basketball operations to a stay-at-home community service role. He cleaned out his office and turned in his keys. However, after initially signing the contract, he refused the reassignment. Houston sent him a paycheck, and Young said he sent it back.

Houston denied the accusations, according to the Chronicle.

One interesting wrinkle is the Joseph Young factor. Young decided in late June to play at Oregon, and is hoping for a waiver so he can play immediately. Young averaged 18 points as a sophomore, and would be an immediate boost to the Ducks’ perimeter group.

As John Infante of Bylaw Blog points out, Michael Young ending his contract would help his son get a waiver.

Getting his contract rescinded would be helpful in establishing that he was in fact fired, which would make Joseph’s waiver more or less a formality.

Infante also references Bylaw 11.4.2, which states that schools can’t employ individuals associated with a prospect in a non-coaching position. Since Michael Young is obviously associated with his son, employing him in a community service role could be deemed in violation of NCAA rules.

His son’s transfer will be necessitated by the fact that Joseph is permanently ineligible at Houston.

Should Joseph Young receive a waiver, he would have two seasons of eligibility at Oregon. If not, he will sit out one year and then have one season of eligibility left. 

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