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Pitt Is Imposing Restrictions On Where Cam Johnson Transfers

The Panthers will be imposing a penalty if he commits to an ACC school.

Cam Johnson will be penalized if he transfers to North Carolina.

The Pittsburgh Panthers' talented guard is graduating from the school and is set to transfer somewhere else. Graduate transfers are free to play right away at another school, per NCAA rules. However, if Johnson opts to transfer to an ACC school - he's considering the Tar Heels - Pitt will force him to sit out a year.

Inside Carolina has the statement from Pitt's administration.

The following statement was given to Inside Carolina over email by Matt Pligza, Assistant AD of Media Relations at Pittsburgh.

It is an official statement from the Pittsburgh Athletic Department in regards to Cameron Johnson and his eligibility at Atlantic Coast Conference schools and those on Pittsburgh's schedule over the next season.

"We have remained consistent with our athletic department policy, within NCAA legislation, stipulating student-athletes are restricted from transferring to institutions within the Atlantic Coast Conference and those on our schedule over the next season. Cameron Johnson and his father were informed of our policy as well as the appeals process when they elected to seek to transfer. They went through our transfer appeals process and were granted permission to contact ACC schools however, the committee upheld the policy to limit immediate eligibility within the conference. If Cameron were to transfer within the ACC, he would be eligible to receive financial aid immediately but would have to sit out a year of competition due to standard NCAA transfer regulations. Throughout this process, we have remained consistent to our department policy and we will continue to do so. "

ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas thinks it's ridiculous that Pittsburgh can put restrictions on where Johnson goes. He's not alone.

Johnson, a 6-foot-8 guard, averaged 11.9 points and 4.5 rebounds a game last season, shooting 41.5 percent from the 3-point line.

He's also considering Arizona, Kentucky, Ohio State, Oregon, TCU and UCLA.