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Tuesday, June 1, 2010
NCAA helps out Binghamton transfer

By Diamond Leung

Kraidon Woods played sparingly in two seasons at Arizona State before seemingly getting a second chance by transferring to Binghamton.

Whoops.

During the year Woods spent redshirting, numerous teammates were dismissed, coach Kevin Broadus was placed on indefinite leave while the program was being investigated, and the team ultimately removed itself from participation in the conference tournament.

Woods decided to transfer again, and when he signed a financial aid agreement with Drake, the NCAA granted a waiver that allows the 6-foot-8 forward to play immediately.

Because Woods had already used his redshirt year, sitting out again due to transfer rules would have cost him a year of eligibility and left him with only one year to play.

Woods now has two, with the NCAA apparently deciding that the behavior of the Binghamton program constituted a hardship in this case. According to the Des Moines Register:
"They went through some things beyond my control," Woods said. "I just kind of said, 'Hey, you know, maybe this is not a great idea.' It was pretty clear-cut."

Woods was granted his release from Binghamton in February and rekindled his relationship with [coach Mark] Phelps, visiting Drake in March. Because of the circumstances in Binghamton, the NCAA granted Woods a waiver, meaning he won’t have to sit out another season.