Skip to main content

Why Pittsburgh's Getting Crushed For What It's Doing To Cam Johnson

The Panthers are getting criticized for what they're doing to a top transfer.

Cam Johnson is transferring from Pittsburgh. The Panthers' standout guard is considering a move to North Carolina.

Pitt's restrictions on his transfer might prevent that from happening, though.

It came out this weekend that Pitt will force Johnson, a graduate who should be able to play somewhere else right away, to sit out a year if he transfers to another school.

People aren't happy with that.

"Cameron Johnson GRADUATED from Pitt, and stayed at Pitt when his coach, Jamie Dixon, bolted to TCU. Now, he's restricted? That's wrong," ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas tweeted.

Here's Pitt's statement on the restrictions:

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

Johnson averaged 11.9 points and 4.5 rebounds a game last season, shooting 41.5 percent from the 3-point line. He has two years of eligibility remaining and is also considering Arizona, Kentucky, Ohio State, Oregon, TCU and UCLA.