Published Friday, April 26, 2013 AT 12:57 AM / Updated at 12:57 AM
Gibbs may seek sixth year
Steven Pivovar Omaha World-Herald

Creighton fans got their wish when Doug McDermott announced Thursday that he was returning for one more year.

Now, can they get the same for Grant Gibbs?

Gibbs said Creighton has begun a process that might end with his getting a sixth season of eligibility from the NCAA. The school has sent Gibbs’ records to a law firm that specializes in dealing with NCAA issues.

“If they indicate it’s worth it,” Gibbs said, “we’ll probably pursue it.”

Gibbs spent two seasons at Gonzaga before transferring to Creighton. After sitting out a season, Gibbs played the past two seasons for the Bluejays, starting every game and leading the team in assists each season.

His five-year NCAA clock has expired, but Gibbs’ injury history could put him in a position to petition the NCAA for a sixth season of eligibility. Gibbs redshirted his first season at Gonzaga but could not have played because of a shoulder injury.

He underwent knee surgery the year he sat out at Creighton.

Gibbs said his paperwork was submitted to the law firm on Monday and Creighton was told it would likely receive an answer “sooner than later.”

“They indicated we should have an answer any day now,” Gibbs said. “If they indicate it would be worth pursuing, I would sit down with Coach Mac (Greg McDermott) and Ras (Athletic Director Bruce Rasmussen) and discuss it.

“If it’s something they would want to pursue, I’d be more than willing.”

Especially with a two-time All-American coming back.

“Doug’s return definitely has me excited,” Gibbs said. “But I’ve said all along if there is a chance to play another year, I wouldn’t say no.”

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