- James Wiseman made a sudden about-face on his NCAA eligibility status.
- He may have decided to drop his suit after watching Ohio State college football star Chase Young’s own eligibility saga unfold.
- Here’s what James Wiseman appears to have learned from Chase Young.
November 8, 2019, will be a date that college football and basketball fans may not soon forget. It was the date that the NCAA decided to rule two of the best players in college football (Chase Young) and college basketball (James Wiseman) ineligible. Does the NCAA have a case against either? Eh—it depends on who you ask. Are they both ridiculous? Oh, absolutely.
Ohio State’s Chase Young cooperated fully from the start in his case. But Memphis superstar James Wiseman took a different route. Rather than bow down to the NCAA, he decided to fight. He won the first battle when a court order let him play earlier this month.
However, he let the NCAA win the war. He dropped his lawsuit, and Memphis declared him ineligible to suit up for the Tigers.
Why Not Fight, James Wiseman?
The news was somewhat of a surprise, but the logic behind the move makes complete sense. Yes, Wiseman could fight the NCAA on the case, and he could play now in what are essentially worthless games. But by sitting now and working with the NCAA, the case against him can be resolved quickly.
Then hopefully, whatever punishment the NCAA does hand down can be served during the non-conference portion of the Memphis schedule.
If he misses those games, it isn’t too big a deal. They may lose some games that they otherwise would not have, but they will still be in good shape once the conference schedule starts.
When NCAA Tournament time rolls around, their record may not warrant them being one of the higher seeds—but who cares? All that matters is making the tournament and having your best players available. If that means swallowing your metaphorical pride and taking whatever ridiculous and absurd punishment the NCAA hands…