Transfer waivers have certainly been a hot topic with the NCAA recently. Guidelines were changed a year ago where documentation of family medical care had to be sent to NCAA. Enter Old Dominion's Trey Freeman into the debate.
Freeman spent his first two years at Campbell University and quickly grew into one of the Big South's premier point guards. A year ago he averaged over 14 points per game nearly 6 assists. When Campbell's Robbie Laing was fired this past March, Freeman took the opportunity to transfer back home.
This past week Chris Lang of the News & Advance documented how new head coach Kevin McGeehan tried to keep Freeman a Camel:
"I felt like we did have a chance," McGeehan said Thursday at the Big South’s media day. "I spent a lot of time with him between April 12 and May whenever when he told me he wasn’t coming back. I was pretty much meeting with him every day, watching film, trying to get to know him, knowing how good of a player he was and how he could really help the program.
"In my mind, he had a chance to leave a legacy at Campbell that very few had. I was making him aware of that, and how important that was, while he probably had some people in his ear."
McGeehan even went to visit Freeman's family in Virginia Beach to keep the guard in Buies Creek. Instead though, Freeman decided to head back home and attend Old Dominion. New head coach Jeff Jones submitted a waiver to the NCAA for Freeman to play immediately, with the reason being he was moving to be closer to his mom.
Jones and his staff is claiming that they have heard nothing final from the NCAA, despite being less than two weeks away from the start of the season. But Ed Miller of the Virginia Pilot reached out to the NCAA and got the following response from Christopher Radford the Associate Director of Public and Media Relations:
"... The school has been aware of the decision for several weeks. You might want to double-check with the school."
So it doesn't look good for Monarchs fans heading into the school's first year in Conference USA and it doesn't look good for Trey Freeman this season. Old Dominion's season will kick off Friday November 8 hosting Missouri State.