[quote=“Skeeza, post:3, topic:163”]I just found out that Bubba Jenkins has left the wrestling team.
It’s old news, he had actually left at the beginning of January.
When he initially came to Penn State, he was rated as the best recruit in the country. It was a great catch when it happened.
Did anyone else know about this? Did this fly under the radar, or did I just happen to miss it?[/quote]
It didn’t fly under the radar. You probably missed it because the story broke around the Xmas/New Year’s holiday.
Bubba screwed himself by missing weight at an open tournament at Lock Haven then weighing in and wrestling at a higher weight. Bubba was on track to get his academics in order and come back and wrestle for PSU during the spring semester. The plan was for him to wrestle at 149. When he got on the scales at the Mat Town tournament, he weighed 157.4, missing the weight at 157. Bubba then decided to weigh in and wrestle at 165. But the NCAA has a weight rule that says that you can’t cut weight down two classes from weight that you’ve competed at during the season. By wrestling at 165 in the tournament, Bubba was never going to be able to wrestle at 149 during the season.
Bubba wanted to redshirt this season and Sanderson didn’t want him to. I think Sanderson viewed Bubba wrestling at 165 as another attempt to force the redshirt. Cael wasn’t going to back down from this challenge to his authority and simply said “hit the pike” instead.