FIU gets postseason ban; could Rakeem Buckles news be on the way?
June 12, 2013 — 11:06am
Well, the numbers we have all been predicting have officially been released.
The Academic Progress Rate report was released on Tuesday and as expected, new Gophers' coach Richard Pitino's former school -- Florida International -- failed to meet the NCAA's minimum APR number.
FIU will be penalized by receiving a postseason ban for 2014.
This could affect the Gophers in a couple of ways. First of all, Malik Smith, who has already signed with Minnesota, should be granted a waiver to be eligible immediately. Rakeem Buckles, on the other hand, could have a clear path for following his former teammate to the Gophers. Will we get some Buckles news soon? Very probable if that is the guy. Buckles would need to enroll in a graduate program if that were the case. The Gophers could also be hot in pursuit for Derrick Randall, a transfer from Rutgers.
Minnesota has signed three guards and one power forward for next season already and have a single scholarship remaining (due to Joe Coleman's transfer). If Buckles were to come to Minnesota, he and Smith would open up two more scholarships for 2014 since they each have just one year of eligibility remaining.
Marcus Fuller joined the Star Tribune in 2016 after 11 years covering Gophers sports – and just about every other team and league in town -- for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Before making the Twin Cities his home, Marcus spent two years in The Kansas City Star sports department. Marcus grew up in Hawaii and is a 2002 graduate of San Jose State. Follow Fuller on Twitter @Marcus_R_Fuller.
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