As expected, Gonzaga dominated NAIA foe Carroll College last night at the MAC. During the game, there was a brief mention that junior college transfer Guy Landry would be ineligible for the first eight games of the season. It appears that there are legs to this rumor and that Guy won't be available for the Zags as they start their season. Jim Meehan reports that Guy's suspension revolves around him playing on an upper level team in France when he was 15 or 16.
Gonzaga has appealed the decision made by the NCAA which is why he was able to play in last night's scrimmage but it sounds likely that the decision will hold up. Gonzaga apparently knew Guy would have to sit while they were recruiting him but believed the length would only be two games. The NCAA has instead decided to use the maximum length for something that occurred half a decade ago.
If the appeal is denied, Landry will miss a bulk of GU's nonconference slate including games against Washington State, Notre Dame, Illinois, and Michigan State. His first game back would be in mid-December against Oral Roberts.
While we don't yet know how Landry was working in Gonzaga's rotation, this news is pretty impactful. Guy was brought in to back up Marquise Carter at the small forward position and by all reports, he has been extremely impressive. As many fans know, the nonconference slate is extremely important for the Zags due to the less than stellar competition they face in WCC play. Not having Guy for a majority of this stretch may force the staff to re-evaluate who they decide to redshirt.