USF submits NCAA waiver for Gilchrist
USF should know in the next three weeks whether highly touted freshman power forward Gus Gilchrist will be eligible to play for the Bulls this season.
The school's sports information office said Wednesday that a hardship waiver for Gilchrist has been submitted to the NCAA, petitioning to allow him to play this season rather than sit out a year as is normally required for transfers between Division I schools. The timetable for a response from the NCAA is typically about two to three weeks.
Gilchrist joined the Bulls this summer after one semester at Maryland, saying he was unaware of an ACC policy that requires an athlete to surrender a year of eligibility when they transfer from one league school to another. Gilchrist originally signed a national letter of intent with Virginia Tech, but requested a release from the school after campus shootings killed 32 people in Blacksburg in spring 2007.
USF has had success in landing hardship waivers for football players, but typically there is some kind of family illness cited which causes a student to seek enrollment elsewhere.