Here is the Statement released by UVM regarding Four McGlynn's Request for Release:
The University of Vermont has had a consistent record of success in men's basketball, both on and off the court. In the past decade, the program has won 5 conference championships, advanced to the 22nd round of the NCAA tournament twice, and at the same time helped UVM win the America East Academic Cup each of the past seven years. This success has been realized through the efforts of highly-qualified student-athletes taking full advantage of the athletic and academic support staff and programs made available to them. These are considerable investments, which the University and Athletic Department have made to facilitate an enriched student-athlete experience.
Over the past year, Four McGlynn has benefited from these investments as we have enjoyed and appreciated all that he has brought to our campus and men's basketball program. He is a very talented young man whom we planned to have as a member of our men's basketball program for the next three years. However, we received his request for a release from the University on June 6th.
NCAA regulations require that we respond to this request within 7 business days. An affirmative response enables him to be recruited by any NCAA institution, to receive an athletic scholarship immediately, and to participate in practices but not games for one academic year. Thereafter, he can participate in both practices and games. A negative response, which he can appeal to a University committee outside of the Athletic Department, restricts him from being recruited by any NCAA institution or receiving an athletic scholarship for one academic year. He may attend any NCAA institution and participate in team practices but not games for one academic year. Thereafter, he can receive an athletic scholarship and participate in both practices and games.
In considering the release request, we reviewed the reasons given, the difficulties associated with the late timing of the request, the impact of our decision on the men's basketball program, the disturbing growth nationally of men's basketball student-athletes transfer requests, and the quality of experience for student-athletes on the men's basketball team during the 2011-12 academic year. The request is extremely late in the annual recruiting cycle and significantly limits our coaching staff in recruiting a replacement for his position.
Despite these concerns, in the end it is Four's responsibility to determine what he believes is in his best interests. We are disappointed he does not believe that remaining a member of this team fulfills those interests, but disregarding his wishes would not benefit him or the team. UVM will have a very talented team next season, and the priority for our coaches and current team members is to focus their efforts on defending their America East Championship and returning to the NCAA Tournament.
Therefore Four McGlynn has been granted a release to have contact with any NCAA institution, with the exception of America East Conference members and The George Washington University. We wish him well in his future endeavors.
McGlynn was named the America East Rookie of the Year following last season and earned a spot on the league's all-championship team. He led the Catamounts in scoring (12.0 ppg), 3-pointers made (68) and free throw percentage (88.9), while playing in all 36 games.
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