Randolph is out for the year and must pay 7 grand to get to play next year. So what does that mean? Well initially it means that we all better get aboard the Shaggy and Scooby Woo train, as there is no other pulling up to the station. This team is going to struggle inside until one of these guys proves that he is more than just a mini-skyscraper. I predict it will be Woo that becomes the more consistent of the two, but fans should just hope that between them they can add up to at least one competent player.
As for Morris, the NCAA obviously has ruled that he must pay money in order to become eligible again and that in doing so, he will only have two years of eligibility. I will be SHOCKED if he makes the decision to forego the money he can make in Europe in order to pay to play at Kentucky. It will show a lot of dedication on his part, but I cannot imagine that it will be his decision. The NCAA has sent out a loud cannon here and has clearly decided to make an example out of Randolph. This punishment is harsh and showcases how the iron fist of the NCAA god can be wielded.
I was hoping, both selfishly and otherwise, to see Morris back. It would be good for him and it would be good for the program. However it is clear that he broke the rules. The NCAA has a clear set of steps a player must go through to keep his eligibility and Morris did not follow them….that ultimately was his doom. I am starting to agree with Jay Bilas that it may be time we just forget all about this “test the water” trend in the NCAA. Either go or stay, but this middle ground leaves coaches, players and programs in limbo and ultimately does little good for any of them.
Kentucky got a blow to its national championship hopes today, and Randolph Morris got a blow to his future professional prospects. But in the end, no matter the results, it was likely the correct decision.