Sam Cassell Jr. will not play for the Maryland Terrapins this year.
Questions emerged over Cassell's eligibility to play for the Terps over the past few weeks as the NCAA investigated his high school transcripts. The classes in question were taken while Cassell played at Notre Dame Prep high school in Fitchburg, Mass. The NCAA determined that some classes Cassell took while at Notre Dame Prep would not qualify for athletic participation under NCAA guidelines.
Cassell, an incoming freshman, was expected to compete for minutes in the Terps backcourt with returning players Pe'Shon Howard and Nick Faust as well as fellow newcomers Seth Allen and Logan Aronhalt.
Maryland officials twice appealed the NCAA's decision on Cassell, but found little help from the athletic governing body.
"Weve exhausted every option and made our best effort," Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said in a news release. "Im very pleased with the work that our compliance staff put in on Sams behalf. Obviously, were very disappointed that he will be unable to attend the University of Maryland at this time and be a part of our basketball program. We will continue to support Sam and his family in any way that we can as they determine their next steps."
Cassell's father, former NBA player and current Washington Wizard assistant coach Sam Cassell, disagreed with the NCAA ruling.
"The NCAA just wants kids to fail. It's not these kids' fault," Cassell told CBS Sports. "The NCAA can't penalize Notre Dame Prep, so they are squashing the kids dreams."
Reports show that other students took the same courses as Cassell and were allowed to play Division I basketball, according to CBS.
"But what the NCAA has done isn't right," Cassell said. "What they do to kids isn't right."
Cassell Jr.'s next move is not currently known, but he has options of trying to qualify with a different school or attending junior college.
Trent Williams will not report to training camp this week when the Redskins head to Richmond to officially begin their 2019 season, according to NFL Network.
The news comes as no surprise, as Williams missed all of the Redskins voluntary offseason workouts and skipped the team's mandatory minicamp in June. Reports streamed out that Williams was upset about his contract and looking for a new deal -- not to mention reports that he was angry with the team's medical staff after a missed diagnosis with a growth on his scalp.
Williams has made no official statements, and the Redskins organization offered very little in terms of a timeline for his return. Washington team president Bruce Allen said he knows "the truth" about Williams' situation, and head coach Jay Gruden said he hoped things would be resolved before Week 1 in Philadelphia.
A seven-time Pro Bowler, Williams is arguably the best left tackle in the NFL. He's an immensely talented offensive lineman with two years remaining on his deal. Beyond the medical situation, Williams could be upset that in 2020, the final year of his deal, there is hardly any guaranteed cash. The team could release Williams with less than $2 million in salary cap penalty and save nearly $13 million against the cap.
Without Williams, the Redskins could be in real trouble. Second-year pro Geron Christian did not seem capable of playing at a starting tackle level last fall, and that was before a knee injury landed him on IR. Morgan Moses should be locked in as the right tackle, but opposite him in Williams' spot will be dicey.
Multiple sources with the Redskins and around the NFL suggested more cash could change Williams' mind before Week 1, and for now, it looks like the 31-year-old will be waiting for that increased payday. If Williams missed actual games, he would begin to lose money from this year's $14 million salary.
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In early July, the Wizards dealt Dwight Howard to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for C.J. Miles. According to an interview with Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, new Wizards GM Tommy Sheppard didn't need much time to move on.
The Howard deal was "the quickest trade I've ever done in my life," Sheppard told Wojnarowski.
It was also a proving ground for Sheppard to show owner Ted Leonsis he could lead a new regime for the Wizards.
"I like [Sheppard's] dexterity to be able to deal with the existing NBA, but to also really look at it as a global enterprise," Leonsis noted.
Howard was signed to the Wizards in 2018 to a two-year, $11 million free-agent deal, and immediately made a lasting impact, including jokes about how he learned to be a Wizard after a circuitous NBA career.
Trading him away was a signal that Sheppard was trying to reset of the Wizards culture.
But since then, Tommy Sheppard has had his interim tag removed to mark him as the new GM of the organization.
Sheppard's moves before he was named GM included not only the Howard deal, but also leading the Wizards' draft night where they selected Rui Hachimura and Admiral Schofield, as well as signing Isaiah Thomas to a one-year deal.
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