Dezmine Wells Immediately Eligible for Maryland

I honestly couldn't bear to look at a picture of Dez in X gear. Here's Big Kenny instead. - Paul Abell-US PRESSWIRE

The Dezmine Wells saga has one last, ugly twist for Xavier fans. As everyone with a Twitter account and a keyboard reported this afternoon, Wells will be eligible to play immediately for Maryland. The NCAA had initially ruled that Wells would have to sit out a year - as is standard procedure for all transfers - but today reversed that decision on the weight of Wells' appeal.

What this basically says to fans of the Xavier program is that their administration ran so far afoul of what is reasonable that the NCAA - no stranger to unreasonable decisions themselves - decided that Dez had suffered undue hardship that forced him to transfer. That's right, Xavier ran the team's best returning player off on pretenses so flimsy that not even the NCAA could find it defensible.

That decision was made in the time between when Wells landed at Maryland - September 4th - and today. Meanwhile, Chris Cantino signed with the Musketeers August 21st and there is still no decision regarding his eligibility for the season, which starts in less than 48 hours.

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