Not that Gary Williams wants to hear anything about Gus Gilchrist, but the much-traveled 6-10 forward who landed at South Florida last summer after stopping at Maryland for a few months (and not playing) and previously committing to Virginia Tech will be eligible to play for the Bulls in mid-December.
It means that Gilchrist essentially won his appeal with the NCAA, becoming the first player in a number of years to do so after transferring for competitive reasons. Gilchrist played the hardship card, though I can't see going to school in Tampa as being much of a hardship.
Unfortunately, it's also a small victory for Terrelle Woody, the personal trainer who led him there and wound up as coach Stan Heath's video coordinator. (Gilchrist was the best man at Woody's wedding last spring.)
I know that Maryland has tried to put the Gilchrist/Woody debacle in its rearview mirror, but given how thin the Terps are in the frontcourt right now, it's hard not to wonder what-if, especially if Gilchrist plays well in the Big East. Gilchrist gets to start his career at the same time he would have had he remained in College Park.
Gilchrist's first game will be Dec. 14 against Niagara.
"We are thrilled with the news that Gus will join our team in time for the meat of our schedule," Heath said in a statement.
I'm sure Williams is going to TiVo the opener.