Found September 03, 2013 on Fox Sports North:
MINNEAPOLIS -- Rakeem Buckles was hoping to follow Richard Pitino from Florida International to Minnesota. His plan has now hit a dead end. The Gophers men's basketball team announced Tuesday that Buckles' appeal for immediate eligibility has been denied by the NCAA. Minnesota's original transfer waiver request was denied Aug. 28. Buckles, a 6-foot-7, 215-pound forward, spent three seasons at Louisville and endured multiple knee injuries before transferring to FIU. He sat out the 2012-13 season due to NCAA transfer regulations and was hoping to be eligible to play immediately at Minnesota The hope was that because FIU had a postseason ban due to academic issues stemming from before Pitino's time that Buckles would be granted eligibility. As the Gophers announced, however, that was not the case. Although Buckles signed a tender to play for the Gophers, he is not enrolled in school at the University of Minnesota. Buckles averaged 4.0 points and 3.8 rebounds in the ...

NCAA Denies Rakeem Buckles’ Appeal To Play At Minnesota

After the NCAA denied him eligibility this season at the University of Minnesota, former Louisville forward Rakeem Buckles appealed the ruling. Unfortunately, the NCAA stuck with their initial decision in denying Buckles a waiver to play this season for Richard Pitino. The Miami native is expected to return to Florida International for his final year of eligibility where he is expected...
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