Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com is reporting that former Louisville forward Rakeem Buckles has been denied a waiver from the NCAA and will not be allowed play for Minnesota this season.
Buckles’ collegiate career at Louisville hit an unfortunate road block between 2011 and 2012 as he suffered two torn ACL’s in less than a calendar year. He decided to head back home to Miami, FL., and attend Florida International, where Richard Pitino had recently been hired. Buckles spent the 2012-13 season rehabbing and will finally be healthy and ready for his final year of college basketball in 2013-14.
Just as things started to get better for Buckles, he again found himself in an unfortunate situation. In early April, Richard Pitino left FIU after just one season to take the head coaching job at Minnesota. To make matters worse, FIU will not be able to compete in the post-season next year, due to APR issues with the NCAA.
Buckles decided to follow Richard Pitino to Minnesota where he was expected to re...