LARAMIE -- The wait continues.
Don’t expect it to end anytime soon.
In fact, the process will likely continue to drag on for Wyoming forward Leonard Washington, men’s basketball coach Larry Shyatt and the rest of UW’s athletic department when it comes to figuring out exactly what might become of Washington’s impending senior season.
What we know now is not a lot more than what we knew last week.
On April 4, Shyatt suspended the second-team all-Mountain West transfer from USC indefinitely.
"We have certain expectations and standards that members of our program must meet," Shyatt said in a press release at the time. "At this time, Leonard has not met those expectations and standards."
Even if things had ended there, we’d likely still be waiting on exactly what it meant. And we’d likely still be waiting to hear exactly what was going on.
But it didn’t end there.
On May 15, Washington was fined more than $500 and placed on probation for entering a Laramie home and striking a person.
Police haven’t released many further details in the case because sophomore guard Shakir Smith was also involved and awaits a sentencing hearing June 4 after pleading guilty to one count of criminal entry.
Shyatt has said little about that situation as well, other than to simply confirm that he’s aware of the situation and monitoring it. UW officials indicated there would be no further comment on Friday.
While it’s impossible to climb into Shyatt’s head in regards to the situation, Washington’s official status has remained unchanged. He remains suspended indefinitely, but had Shyatt been ready to boot the team’s leading returning scorer and rebounder off the roster, he would have done so already, right?
Maybe; maybe not.
And let’s get one thing clear: The fact that Washington is the team’s leading returning player cannot and should not be a factor when weighing status or punishment going forward.
That said, Washington has met with the second-year head coach and athletics director Tom Burman in recent weeks, according to several UW officials, and knows exactly what he must do if he wishes to be a part of the UW program for the 2012-13 season.
It sounds as if the list covers several different areas.
The Lake Charles, La., native is in Laramie and is said to be enrolled in summer classes.
Adhering to the objectives laid out before him seemingly could get Washington back from suspension, but even then we’d have to wait, as other penalties -- i.e. a suspension from early-season games -- could be looming.
Without him, the Cowboys would potentially have just four upperclassmen on their roster, only two of which -- seniors Luke Martinez and Derrious Gilmore -- have playing experience. And one of those four players -- transfer Charles Hankerson -- will be sitting out after transferring from Alabama.
Whether Washington will be a part of the program or not is a giant looming question.
But don’t expect it to be answered anytime soon.