Hoops recruit's trainer not joining Bulls' payroll
It's been a pesky rumor out of Washington, D.C., for a while and was even reported by a Georgia newspaper on Thursday, but just to set the record straight: USF has not hired the personal trainer of freshman basketball player Gus Gilchrist in any capacity.
The Times-Herald of Newnan, Ga., reported Thursday that Gilchrist transferred from Maryland after the Terrapins hired a strength and conditioning coach, and that after he signed with the Bulls, USF had hired his personal trainer and adviser, Terrelle Woody, as its "new strength and conditioning coach."
It's just not true, not according to USF, or Woody for that matter. "No sir," Woody said when reached Friday evening. "No, that's not true." USF confirmed that it hasn't hired Woody for any position.
As we reported here last month before Gilchrist signed with USF, the Bulls had already named Ray Weisenbarger, formerly at Akron, as the strength and conditioning coach for basketball. Woody is very close to Gilchrist and was certainly involved in his recruiting process, often speaking for him in media reports; he accompanied Gilchrist on his unofficial visit to Tampa before he signed with USF.
When Gilchrist announced he was leaving Maryland, I was told at one point by someone on the Maryland end of things that he would end up at West Virginia because Bob Huggins had a strength coach opening. That logic also never panned out, and Woody said Friday that his employment was never a factor in Gilchrist's recruiting decisions; he's in Orlando watching the NBA summer league games there, but said he'll be headed back to Maryland after that.
USF is still in the process of compiling a packet of information to submit to the NCAA in seeking a hardship waiver that would allow Gilchrist to play this season without sitting out the year as normally required of athletes who transfer from one Division I school to another. It's likely to be at least a month before USF knows the NCAA's decision on a waiver for Gilchrist, who is enrolled in summer classes at USF and working out with his new teammates.