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Weird News:  Louisville Suspends
Azusa Pacific Player?--(Oct. 17, 2000)

We had just barely finished doing one of our Daily Articles, this one about the upcoming season at Azusa Pacific University which we posted up on October 11.  In that report, which was based in part on a press release from the Azusa Pacific University athletic department announcing the new signings for the upcoming year (which was dated about two weeks prior to the date we posted our own story), APU announced the signing of 11 new players.  One of those new players was Caleb Gervin (6'-0" So. PG/SG), who had "just transferred" in from Louisville, where he had been a Prop. 48 last year as a freshman. 

But when the APU official website used the term "just transferred" or "recently transferred," evidently they meant it literally.    Perhaps it was just Friday the 13th,  or maybe somone didn't tell the folks at Louisville, but two days after posting our own story, on Friday the 13th, 2000,   we happened to read that the Louisville athletic department had issued a press release earlier last week, which was picked up by The Sports Network, a syndicated wire service which posts NCAA basketball stuff on the web. 

This is what we read on Friday, two days after we reported that Gervin had signed with APU:

Louisville suspends Bailey, Gervin for 2000-01

Louisville, KY (Sports Network) - Louisville sophomores Quentin Bailey and Caleb Gervin have been suspended from the men's basketball team for the 2000-01 season for a violation of team rules, the school announced Monday. Bailey, a walk-on swingman, averaged 6.1 points. He was used as an offensive spark off the bench for the Cardinals. Gervin, a nephew of former San Antonio Spurs Hall of Famer George Gervin, averaged 2.6 points in 20 games as a reserve guard.  A statement from the school did not specify what rules the two may have broken. The Cardinals were already faced with replacing five seniors from last year's team, including the front line. They have signed three players for next season, including Ellis Myles, a 6-8 forward from Compton, CA; Luke Whitehead, a 6-7 forward from Oak Hill Academy and Simeon Naydenov, a 6-7 forward from Miami, FL.

Maybe someone should tell Bill Odell  that his new recruit was suspended. . . . by a school at which he's no longer enrolled.  Nah. . . why spoil the fun.


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