St. John’s Sanchez Fighting to Get Extra Year in 2013-14 (UPDATED)

Orlando Sanchez and St. John’s have retained an attorney, Robert Orr, to represent Sanchez in his efforts to get a year of eligibility back in 2013-14, St. John’s spokesman Mark Fratto told SNY.tv Friday night.

As first reported by SNY.tv in January, Sanchez, 24, was ruled ineligible by the NCAA and the case is considered “closed and…final.”

The New York Times revealed in a story on its Website that Sanchez was declared ineligible because he played 3 minutes, 38 seconds with the Dominican Republic national team in 2010.

“I did not know one dream would cost me another,” the 6-foot-9 Sanchez, a native of the Dominican who also lived in Spain before playing for Monroe (N.Y.) College, wrote in a letter to the N.C.A.A. in October.

St. John’s is hoping that the NCAA will give the case another look, even though a source previously told SNY.tv: “The bar is high. Odds are slim at best with new information.”

“The NCAA has an age limit for student-athletes who compete in Division I, which is intended to promote safety and competitive balance among its student-athletes,” St. John’s AD Chris Monasch said. “The NCAA allows for waiver opportunities, based on mitigating circumstances in individual cases. We believe Orlando Sanchez’s circumstances deserve the strongest of consideration. We have been working diligently with the NCAA to gain Orlando eligibility to participate as a student-athlete at St. John’s. At this stage in the process, the University has chosen to support Orlando with legal counsel to assist his cause.”

Said Johnnies head coach Steve Lavin:

“Orlando is a thoughtful, humble and focused young man, who has worked diligently toward his goals. He has been successful as a student with a 3.48 GPA during his time at St. John’s, and has shown both promise and progress practicing as a member of our team throughout the year. Our University continues to work in concert with the NCAA as we have throughout the waiver and appeals process.”

The irony, of course, is that if Sanchez were to come back next season, the Johnnies wouldn’t have any scholarships to give.

As things now stand, if Sanchez doesn’t return, they would have one scholarship to use, assuming no one on the current team leaves or goes pro.

Lavin and his staff spent Thursday night watching 2013 Philly Vaux Roberts guard Rysheed Jordan, who remains their top priority after Jermaine Lawrence picked Cincinnati over St. John’s and UNLV.

Additionally, Lavin opted to redshirt big man God’sgift Achiuwa based on the assumption that Sanchez would play this year. The Johnnies have now gone most of the season without both players, begging the question of whether the calculated risk to redshirt Achiuwa was worth it.

“St. John’s is a great school with great people and I love my coaches and teammates,” Sanchez said. “I just want to represent St. John’s the best that I can in the classroom and on the court. I have dreamed of playing NCAA college basketball and I hope this dream can come true.”

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86 comments
J. Smooth
J. Smooth

What's the record for highest pick being cut after 4 games?

J. Smooth
J. Smooth

After a loss, there should just be one large thread for the "Airing of Grievances", a la Seinfeld. 

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

The Jets are picking up where they left off in points differential from last season. They are the worst in the afce and the 7th worst in the entire league. If it wasn't for the hapless raiders, we would be in worse shape. 

BDarc23
BDarc23

Who is to blame on those two Stafford rollouts and the QB sneak that went for 3 yds?

williamg1
williamg1

Has Lequan Lewis been cut yet? 

BDarc23
BDarc23

What is the deal with having Harris lined up against Tate?

mrgunn
mrgunn

Thanks, Bent. Awesome, as always. Question: From my seats (pretty far away), it looked like the Jets removed Coples on 3rd downs. Is that true? And what's the logic behind that?

williamg1
williamg1

The Jets lost. Miami and Tampa won. Yet no sign of Hank. 

bob
bob

Guess what guys I got good news. the little dog is got a present for everybody so that everybody can be happy..guess what I got for you guys... I got everyone a touch down... Dats Right. I know you like touchdowns, make you happy happy happy.  there ya go.... take it home and show you mama.... you got a touch down!.

levi
levi

I notice a tone of frustration in your BGA today Bent that I dont usually pick up on.

Disgruntled Jets Fan
Disgruntled Jets Fan

Stafford was targeting the intermediate middle all day long. Definitely found a soft spot in the jets D.

williamg1
williamg1

Serious BGA extra question: How does Gary Myers stay employed?

juunit
juunit

@UncleJoesJetFarm 

Jesus that's terrible. 

SOOOOOO many better things we could have done with that pick. 

Brendan
Brendan

@BDarc23  I have to believe those were instances where the team either got caught with the wrong personnel on the field, or they were supposed to audible out of a call and didn't. 

Disgruntled Jets Fan
Disgruntled Jets Fan

They've been doing it the whole year. They bring in Babin on those. No idea why.

Brendan
Brendan

@williamg1 The multiple BGA posts are not made for Hank, he's still stuck in one of the early ones, I think. 

Bent
Bent moderator

@levi It's always there, you just have to listen really closely to hear it over the sound of my rustling pom poms.

juunit
juunit

As good a job as Bent does at staying even keeled, he is still a fan and we are now 1-3 with the hardest part of the schedule coming up. I can't really blame him for being a bit more down on things than usual.

Brendan
Brendan

@williamg1 Bent's an analyst, not a magician. No one knows that answer besides Myers and whatever NYDN exec he has incriminating photos of. 

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

@williamg1 @UncleJoesJetFarm Hill is back but with a different name, lol The names have been changed to protect the guilty, lol

mrgunn
mrgunn

@Disgruntled Jets Fan You would assume that they would want to bring their best passrusher in on those downs, especially considering the shape of the secondary. 

williamg1
williamg1

@Brendan @williamg1

Maybe we should just set a trap by creating one "The Jets Suck Because Miami is Awesomemly Awesome" thread a day, and let him get stuck in there. 

Disgruntled Jets Fan
Disgruntled Jets Fan

Speaking of, we sat in the corner by the Flight Crew, so it was nice to divert weary eyes once in a while.

Disgruntled Jets Fan
Disgruntled Jets Fan

I was keying on the ball rather than Pryor, so Bent will have a much better answer. I just know the coverage schemes left a lot to be desired.

Brendan
Brendan

@UncleJoesJetFarm I agree with your first part. I don't agree with your second. 


The self-inflicted, sloppy and undisciplined play is mental, it's not because Idzik didn't sign _______ this offseason. Those mistakes are indicative of inexperience and panic, and in an alternate universe where they don't exist the team would be in much better shape. 


It's not a systemic lacking of talent that's faulting the Jets, it's those self-inflicted wounds. Minimize those and the team has a much different look. 

Brendan
Brendan

@BDarc23 There's no way that Rex is sitting in his office going "I know!" and then drawing up a defense that puts David "Concrete Shoes" Harris on Golden Tate. There's no conceivable chain of events that I can come up with, excluding brain trauma, that would lead Rex to doing that. 

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

@Brendan @UncleJoesJetFarm When you have a lack of talent with holes, you have many of those misfires, like an oline that is over matched will have many penalties, get it?