Sunday, December 25, 2016

Maitland, Diakite Leave Morehead State

The two Morehead State players who spoke out against former head coach Sean Woods in recent weeks are both leaving the program via transfer.

Malik Maitland and Soufiyane Diakite have both announced their intentions to transfer.

Maitland said it just wouldn't be the same if he stayed at MSU:

That same day, Maitland declared his intentions to transfer. He said he did not want to return to an "uncomfortable" environment.

"If I went back, it wouldn't be the same Morehead I went to last year," said Maitland, who started eight games and averaged 8.8 points and 4.3 assists this season.

According to a Dec. 21 email obtained by the News-Journal, Maitland was granted permission by Richard Fletcher, Morehead State's director of compliance, to transfer to 314 of the 347 Division I basketball programs. NCAA bylaws forbid NCAA or NAIA coaching staffs from making contact with student-athletes at another school until given written permission from an athletic director or designated athletic administrator.

Maitland returned to Daytona Beach on Friday and plans to reopen his recruitment in the coming weeks. He believes that, due to the circumstances, he will not not have to sit out a year and will be eligible to play in 2017-18, despite the normal NCAA transfer rules. A formal query by the News-Journal sent to the NCAA's compliance department seeking to validate Maitland's claim was not answered.

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Diakite said in an interview with WYMT that he didn't press charges against Woods and had no intention of doing so.

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