Louisiana Tech women's recruits in limbo after Tyler Summitt's resignation

Louisiana Tech women's recruits in limbo after Tyler Summitt's resignation

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Louisiana Tech women's recruits in limbo after Tyler Summitt's resignation

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The ramifications of Tyler's Summitt's resignation from Louisiana Tech last week has had an effect on recruiting with one member of the 2016 class asking for a release while the other is undecided. (Photo: DONNY CROWE/LATech Athletics)

The ramifications of Tyler’s Summitt’s resignation from Louisiana Tech last week has had an effect on recruiting with one member of the 2016 class asking for a release while the other is undecided. (Photo: Donny Crowe, LATech Athletics)

Louisiana Tech’s two signees for the 2016 recruiting class are still in limbo amid the abrupt resignation of women’s basketball coach Tyler Summitt.

Memphis point guard Jaida Roper and Knoxville forward Jaiden McCoy are still locked in to their National Letters of Intent as the school sorts through the mess left by Summitt, who resigned last Thursday due to an inappropriate relationship with a player.

The Techsters signed three players last fall with Houston guard Anna McLeod serving as an early enrollee. She was on campus for the winter quarter and practiced with the team for a portion of 2016. Her status with the program is unclear.

However, Roper has asked for and has been denied a release from the program. Over the weekend, McCoy was still undecided on whether she’d ask for a release when reached by ESPN, and she gave the News Sentinel in Knoxville, via a direct message on Twitter, the following statement Tuesday.

“Everything is on hold until they hire a new coach. I can’t make any decisions at this moment.”

McCoy signed with Tech due to her familiarity with Summitt, who spent countless years in Knoxville. Summitt coached McCoy during a sixth grade fall league in 2009, according to a 2015 story in the News Sentinel.

In that same ESPN story, Roper’s mother made it clear the family wanted out of the binding scholarship signed with Tech last November.

A member of the program initially informed Roper’s family last week she would receive a release, but Tech’s compliance office denied the request, along with all other requests, under the premise that current or incoming players would need to wait until a new coach was hired.

The decision to put all transfer requests on hold came from athletic director Tommy McClelland. Rising sophomore Tiara Davenport has also indicated she wants to transfer.

Despite Roper indicating she was definitely not coming to Tech, regardless of coach, Tech’s compliance office indicated as recent as Monday they still wouldn’t release her from her NLI.

The entire process can take more than two weeks. First, a player must fill out a form online to request a release. Once the document is processed, which can take a few days, the NCAA then contacts the institution and the school has up to two weeks to make a ruling.

Considering the circumstances of Summitt’s resignation, Tech will likely allow the transfer but that won’t happen until a new coach is in place.

 

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