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Luke Cothron uses the newest NCAA loophole

Last time we heard from Luke Cothron, he was sitting out as an academic non-qualifier at UMass. That was after the former NC State commit and Auburn signee was declared academically ineligible at Auburn.

According to Jeff Goodman, Cothron is no longer at UMass.

He’s at the University of New Orleans.

And he’s eligible to play. And he’ll be able to transfer out of New Orleans after the season and be eligible to play immediately wherever he ends up.

Huh? I’ll let Goodman explain:

“A college coach told me about it,” said the 6-foot-8 forward. “He told me about the rule.”

The rule is as follows: The University of New Orleans, which is transitioning out of the D-1 ranks, is able to take transfers. They can not only play right away, but also transfer somewhere else following the season (as long as they are in good academic standing) and play immediately.

That’s, umm, pretty wild.

Think about it. A kid that couldn’t qualify at two different schools is able to go to a third school, play for a semester, and transfer anywhere in the country without having to sit out.

That’s quite the loophole.

And quite a lucky break for Cothron, a top 50 recruit, and whichever schools ends up landing his talents.

Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @ballinisahabit.