Minnesota Loses Basketball Player

The NCAA has denied forward Rakeem Buckles' appeal for a waiver request to play this seaon after following coach Richard Pitino from Florida INternational to Minnesota. The school announced the decision Tuesday and says it will appeal. Buckles played three seasons at Louisville under Pitino's father, Rick. But he suffered two torn ACLs and sat out last seaosn after transferring to FIU. Buckles was hopeful the NCAA would allow him to transfer without sitting out a season because FIU was recently given a postseason ban for academic issues under Isiah Thomas.


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