Here’s Greg Paulus on with ESPN‘s Tony Kornheiser and Mike Wilbon:
- How serious are you? “It’s definitely something I’m considering…I’m definitely taking a look…I’m throwing every day.”
- On the Michigan opp: “It was a really good visit…it’s an opportunity to compete and find a good situation.”
- He’s “also running and lifting.”
- Yes or no, will we see you at Michigan? “It is an option I’m looking into….I had a good visit…there’s also some other schools and some interest in the NFL…I can’t give you a real yes or no.”
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Update 8pm: Mark Snyder of the Free Press reports on an official NCAA statement on the situation, which explains why Paulus keeps talking about the opportunity for grad school at Michigan when asked about the opportunity:
“Mr. Paulus has expressed an interest in competing in a second sport at another Division I school after earning an undergraduate degree at Duke University and competing on the men’s basketball team. The NCAA encourages and applauds academic achievement and realizes this is an unique situation and opportunity for Mr. Paulus. Student-athletes seldom have the opportunity to transfer late in their college careers and compete in a second sport after four seasons of competition.
The NCAA established a “students first” waiver process to address unique situations and extenuating circumstances such as this that are not outlined in our rules.
If a student-athlete wants to transfer and immediately compete as a graduate student, the college or university they are transferring to would need to seek a waiver, because in most cases they would have to sit out a year before competing under NCAA transfer rules and would not have any remaining eligibility. One of the factors our members have determined is appropriate for a graduate student waiver is if the transfer is academically motivated.” [emphasis mine]