Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame senior forward Kendall Hackney – Ohio’s Ms.
Basketball this past season – has requested a release from her signed
national letter of intent to play at the University of Southern
Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame senior forward Kendall Hackney – Ohio’s Ms. Basketball this past season – has requested a release from her signed national letter of intent to play at the University of Southern California. The Cincinnati Enquirer first reported the story Wednesday morning.
Hackney was scheduled to fax the formal request to Southern Cal Wednesday afternoon and did so, although USC did not acknowledge it received the letter until late Wednesday.
“I understand her official request was not received by our athletic department via fax until late this afternoon (in California)….the staff that needs to review and act on it are gone for the day,” USC sports information director Tim Tessalone said in an email Wednesday night.
Wednesday afternoon, the university was still gathering information, according to athletic department officials.
“As of now, I don’t know anything” regarding the matter, said Darcy Couch, sports information director for the USC women’s basketball team.
Couch said earlier in the day it was the first time she heard of the formal request. “It hasn’t been on my radar,” she said early Wednesday afternoon.
USC has 30 days to respond to the formal request for release. If the school does not release her, Hackney might have to go through an NCAA appeals process which could take another 30 days. If she is denied her release and transfers to another school, Hackney might have to sit out a year of playing college hoops.
Ed Hackney, Kendall’s father, told the Enquirer his daughter requested the release because of a “change and turnover in personnel at USC.”
Hackney, one of the most recruited players in the nation in the 2009 class, was a significant part of MND’s four consecutive Division I state titles during her high school career. Hackney, who is 6-2, averaged 13.3 points for the Cougars this past season.
Hackney, who grew up in San Diego, signed her letter of intent with USC in November. She orally committed to USC in May 2008 after she considered Kentucky, California, Arizona State and Connecticut. USC was of the first to offer Hackney a scholarship when she was a sophomore.
Former USC coach Mark Trakh, who recruited Hackney, resigned in April after coaching five seasons at the school. The school announced May 1 that it had hired Michael Cooper as the new coach.
Cooper, a former NBA standout in the 1980s with the Los Angeles Lakers, is currently the coach of the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks.
Hackney was one of three Division I signees from MND in the 2009 class. Point guard Ashley Fowler (Ohio Unviersity) and Gabby Smith (Vanderbilt) were the other players to commit.