That includes Ohio State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss and South Carolina, Virginia, Iowa, Providence and Tennessee.
After initially giving sophomore forward Austin Nichols a release with plenty of restrictions, Memphis has backtracked its stance and will give Nichols a full release, according to a release from the school. He becomes the third Memphis player to transfer since the end of the season. But multiple sources have told CBSSports.com that Virginia should be considered the leader.
Once Nichols’ attorney threatened a lawsuit on Tuesday, Memphis changed course and granted Nichols an unconditional release. Iowa, Providence, and Virginia were also placed off limits due to the fact that Memphis will play these schools in the 2016 Emerald Coast Classic (a preseason tournament in Florida). “The current NCAA regulations relative to member institution to member institution transfers violate the Sherman Act (as they illegally affect both the “input” and “output” markets)”.
After looking like an absolute joke, being raked through the coals, and being shown as somebody who should not be taken seriously, it looks like Josh Pastner wants to alleviate some of the media criticism coming his way.
Nichols had been restricted from playing for another school within the AAC, or any non conference opponent on next year’s schedule.
This all reportedly started with Nichols wanting to go to one school in particular: Virginia.
But with the school’s blessing for him to transfer anywhere, Nichols could land in Charlottesville after all.