And that player ended up getting injured.
1997 was a really bad year at ND for injuries (luckily not to Morgan, Gaither, or Bohman (who really started to be key in their run in addition to the other two)). The ND roster got down to just 7 players total.
Part of the problem with adding a player now is that she wouldn't be that familiar with the plays or the player tendencies. McGraw doesn't exactly run a "pickup game" type of offense.
I thought there use to be rules about using scholarship athletes in "minor" sports in "major" sports like FB or BB. This was to cut down the abuse of giving out track scholarships to guys the FB coach wanted. Would using a VB scholarship player to play BB eat up a BB scholarship for as long as that athlete was at the school?
I'm pretty confident in saying it would use at least one year of a basketball scholarship. If she left the team after the year, I'd think it would stop counting, but it is possible it'd count the rest of her time at ND. Wouldn't make sense to me, but we're talking about the NCAA.
That being said, I don't know how many VB players are on scholarship. If it was a non-scholarship player, I don't think it's use a basketball scholarship. The problem might be that all volleyball players receive a partial scholarship. I think that'd then go in the basketball bucket.
Long story short, I don't expect it to happen for a Sweet Sixteen game.
There is a hierarchy of NCAA sports which on the women's side is topped with basketball. A basketball team cannot use a player with a different sport scholarship as a 'walk-on' as soon as they start practicing with the team, the scholarship 'assignment' by the NCAA transfers to basketball. Not a problem if the basketball team has an available scholarship, but if they are already using all 15 it would become a NCAA violation.
Scholarships are counted semester by semester so if a player left the team after first semester creating an opening you could replace them with a new player in the second semester, but you couldn't cut a player in the middle of the semester and reuse that scholarship in the same semester.
And the scholarship count for a player would not carry over for the next year if they returned to say playing Volleyball and didn't play basketball.
I think it is all moot - ND has a pretty solid team with good forwards still, and bringing in an outsider would probably create a lot more problems with only five days of practice than it solved. McGraw is a very good coach with five days to prepare the team, and she has smart players - I think they are obviously going to miss BT, but I do not expect them to roll over for any team.
Really tough break for both BT and ND, but I will not be surprised if ND still makes the FF. There is good coaching and really good players still playing.
I think I confused volleyball and lacrosse.
thinking we need! Who cares if it works or not? Go for it. It's what amateur athletics is all about, plus it would make a good story for years to come. Meg Morningstar may be just the one. She should be able to jump and she's a middle blocker—defense is what we need. It's too bad Freshman Jenna Yeadon never played basketball. She's listed at 5'9" but jumps like Pat Connaughton.
McGraw did this many years ago.
McGraw would need the volleyball coach to sign off in a matter of days plus she'd be off the floor in 10 minutes since McGuff would just attack her over and over again.