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“Right now, Joe doesn’t even want to discuss school. My sister is what’s important to him. The kid is in shambles,” Michael Young said. [...] “Coach Keno is a bright guy and I understand how the coaching game works, but with what Joe is going through I would never hold a kid back,” Michael Young said. “The way the kid trusted him and believed in him, and now he doesn’t even want to talk about school.”
One school of thought has Young pledging to PC last summer when the Friars were the best offer on the table. At the time, it was clear that then-Houston coach Tom Penders was considering retirement and would not be around for Joseph’s college career. Sure enough, Penders did retire after leading the Cougars to an NCAA Tournament berth. He was replaced by James Dickey, who quickly chose to rehire Michael Young as the program’s director of operations and performance enhancement. Dickey’s hiring certainly makes staying home and playing in Houston a better option for local prospects such as Joseph Young.
If Young wants to be closer to his ailing aunt, Providence should release him. If Young is concerned about the direction of the program under Davis, Providence should release him. And if Young simply wants to play for Dickey and his father at Houston, Providence has made its point about the potential tampering and it should still release him. It's a complicated story, but the solution is simple.