LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - The University of Kentucky pitcher who
filed a lawsuit against the school has left the team.
Head Coach Gary Henderson told the Lexington Herald-Leader that
James Paxton, who is considered one of the nation's top collegiate
players, has decided to leave.
“James has decided not to play with us. What I can tell you is the University of Kentucky and Gary Henderson have done everything they can to try and convince James to be a part of this baseball team," Henderson said.
" We wanted him to be a part of our club; he could certainly make us a better team. I think it would have been the best decision for him baseball wise, but he’s decided not to do that.”He filed the lawsuit nearly three months ago in Fayette Circuit Court on allegations that officials told him he had to submit to NCAA questioning about his amateur status or face expulsion from the team."
Paxton declined interviews with the governing body for college
athletics about his eligibility and his dealings with the Toronto
A judge ruled last month that even though the NCAA's request was
ambiguous, the school could be subjected to possible sanctions -
including forfeiture of games - if it allowed Paxton to play
without clearing up his status.
Paxton's departure means the Wildcat pitching staff will have a decidely different look.
“Oh…I don’t know. Somebody’s going to have to [step up]. Maybe it’s Logan [Darnell] maybe it’s Alex [Meyer] maybe it’s Taylor Rogers," Henderson said.
" It clearly changes our bullpen. Somebody is going to start that would have been in the bullpen if James was here.”
Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,
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