Creighton’s Grant Gibbs May Try for Tricky Sixth Year

Grant Gibbs, running mate for All-American Doug McDermott at Creighton, may be seeking a sixth year. But Gibbs will have a challenging and uncertain case, even if the school gets the go-ahead from its law firm to file the case:

Gibbs has actually had a rather complex career. He spent two seasons at Gonzaga before transferring to Creighton, but the first year at Gonzaga, a redshirt year, coincided with an injury that would have kept him off the floor anyway. And when he sat out the customary transfer year at Creighton, he also had knee surgery.

Laying out Gibbs’ career as a compliance office would looks like this:

  • 2008-09: Redshirted at Gonzaga with injury
  • 2009-10: Played at Gonzaga
  • 2010-11: Sat out at Creighton following transfer; Had knee surgery
  • 2011-12: Played at Creighton
  • 2012-13: Played at Creighton

A sixth-year clock extension waiver requires two denied participation opportunities. The two bold years above are the years Creighton will argue for the waiver. Both have a problem. The first injury is from 4-5 years ago and will depend on how well documented Gibbs’ injury was. The second is even more problematic, especially if the injury did not come up until after his transfer to Creighton.

Sixth-year waivers, contrary to popular belief, can be slam dunks. An athlete who has received two medical hardship waivers almost automatically qualifies for a sixth year. Gibbs’ case is much more difficult though. I put his odds at slightly better than Donte Hill’s, but would not bet the rent on either.

2 Responses to “Creighton’s Grant Gibbs May Try for Tricky Sixth Year”

  1. My son plays basketball for a d3 school in new England. He was heavily recruited by a somewhat famous D1 coach in New England who promised him immediate playing time as a freshmen and a good possibility of winning rookie of the year and all everything. Then life happened to my son . He was kicked off his high school team as a senior captain(voted by the players) his father was diagnosed with kidney cancer and his high school sweetheart left him. With all the pressure on John we suggested a redshirt year but the coach said he would be starting and Basketball would probably be good for him. John was diagnosed and treated for severe depression but he was able to attend every practice and every game. He played sparingly his freshmen and sophomore years but then given a chance to start he was voted captain and was top in his team in most categories and his senior year was voted an honorable mention as all conference and 1st team all -new hampshirehe struggled to maintain academic eligibility but he did so now he will go to Daniel Webster for 1 more year to get his degree. My question is is he eligible to play one more year of basketball Thanks for Your Time Michael P.s. any advice would be welcome

    • David Frank

      If he has played four years he will not be eligible. You have five years to play four years. If he hasn’t played four years, he would need to be in his fifth year or have an injury that could possibly get him his sixth year.

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