MIAA considers penalty-free transfer by player

High Schools

September 02, 2004|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Malcolm Delaney, a sophomore considered to have the potential to become a Division I college basketball player, is hoping to transfer from McDonogh to Towson Catholic with no penalty assessed.

Under the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association Guidelines for Students & Parents, a student who makes such a transfer is "ineligible to participate in [his] sport at the new school for one calendar year."

But Delaney, a guard who started as a freshman at McDonogh last winter, was seeking a waiver last night from the MIAA executive committee during a hearing at Gilman.

His parents filed for the exemption that would allow Delaney to play at Towson Catholic rather than sit out a year. Late last night, the committee was still considering the situation.

Rick Diggs, the MIAA's executive director, said a "binding and non-appeal-able" decision under the group's bylaws will be announced this morning.

Delaney "has been accepted at Towson Catholic but has not yet attended class at either school," Diggs said. "He contacted the school, applied and was accepted - did everything the right way. This is the toughest case we've had in 10 years. It's a really tough one, because it looks like an athletic transfer."

Delaney's transfer has the best wishes of McDonogh, said Matt MacMullan, the Eagles' basketball coach, adding that the teenager was to have been the school's starting football quarterback this fall. Towson Catholic does not have a football team.

"I love the kid and his family, and so does the school. We are in favor of allowing him to play," MacMullan said. "Not playing football to concentrate on basketball was definitely part of his decision. He leaves on good terms with McDonogh. There is no angry parting of the ways, and there was no tampering on TC's part."

Towson Catholic basketball coach Mike Daniel said he knew nothing of the transfer until after Delaney was accepted by the school's admissions office.

"His parents came to us, and the process was going on before I knew about it," Daniel said. "I talked to [MacMullan] once I found out about it, and he didn't have a problem with it. It's been between the family and the schools."

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