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Hope (kind of) talks pulled scholarship

Morgan Burke even interrupted the discussion at one point.

When a reporter was getting ready to ask a follow-up question to Purdue coach Danny Hope about A.J. King, the Florida athlete who had his scholarship pulled by the Boilermakers, Burke stepped in with concern about NCAA rules.

Hope isn't supposed to talk about players who didn't sign with his program.

Instead, Hope offered an explanation into the saga as best he could.

The Tampa Tribune broke the story that Purdue backed out because it didn't like the type of surgery King had on his knee. King repaired his torn anterior cruciate ligament with one from a cadaver.

Current Boilermakers Ralph Bolden and Robert Marve had a similar surgery prior to arriving at Purdue and both re-tore their ACLs while on campus. That's the reason King's high school coach, Armwood's Sean Callahan, told the paper that King was dropped.

That led to Callahan saying Purdue won't be allowed on the school's campus again to recruit.

"Rules allow us to review medical cases of prospects during their official visits to campus," Hope said. "Everyone knows, we've had our fair share of knee injuries, specifically ACLs. In some cases, we've had student-athletes suffer a second injury at Purdue after having an initial injury prior to their arrival to come to Purdue. As a result, we've become a lot more cautious in our approach to the injuries sustained prior to enrollment.

"The bottom line is some situations, it could be better of a player to rehab a little bit longer and then maybe go on scholarship at a later date. That's a management issue. Decisions have to be made that allows everyone to be the most successful. So I think when everyone gets the right information, they'll certainly understand that we always do things in a first-class fashion and communicate across the board. Sometimes when you don't have the exact data, it's easy to form an incorrect opinion."

It's possible that King will still come to Purdue, just later than expected, as Hope inferred. According to the Tribune, King didn't sign with any program on Wednesday.

  • The Tribune got Purdue recruit and fellow Florida native Frankie Williams' take on King's supposed snub.