After being expelled from Xavier University this past summer amid sexual assault charges, Dez Wells has been cleared by the NCAA to play immediately for the Maryland Terrapins. The charges, brought upon Wells by the Xavier University Conduct Board, were thrown out by the Ohio grand jury upon review. The grand jury strongly suggested Xavier revisit Wells' fate, calling its investigation procedure "severely flawed," but the university stood by its decision.
Following the expulsion, Wells transferred to the University of Maryland, filing with the NCAA for a waiver that would dismiss him from sitting out a season, a general requirement for most transfers. His first request for the waiver was denied, but the NCAA Division I Legislative Council Subcommittee for Legislative Relief overturned the decision on Nov. 8.
It is difficult to believe that the NCAA so willingly overturned their own decision, especially amidst the murky situation Wells left in Cincinnati. But, perhaps the NCAA Subcommittee saw the same thing the Ohio grand jury did; maybe this was enough to provide for the unusual circumstances. There is no way to know exactly what went down in allowing Wells to suit up for the Terps this season, but it is clear that some type of justification, be it pity or the right thing to do, went through the minds of the subcommittee.