It's been less than 24 hours since the announcement that Jeronne Maymon was leaving Marquette, and, in that time, there's been nary a peep from J-May, from TimMay (which is downright baffling, in my mind, given how much that dude loves to talk), or from Buzz (other than the terse: "We wish him the best" statement that was put out last night). There's been plenty of speculatin', for sure, but nobody -- not Todd Rosiak, not any of the self-labeled "insiders" on the MU message boards, not even E$ -- seems to have any definitive information on what the fuck, exactly, blew up in the last couple days.
Never one to shy away from speculation (it's a Tuesday in December -- what the hell else are we going to talk about?), I thought I'd compile a list of possible situations that led to J-May's departure. Here are the possibilities (presented in no particular order); lemme know if you see others:
* TimMay (TIMMAY!) freaks out after the Madison game, questions why his son isn't starting/playing more, and threatens to take his toy home. And then one of two things happens:
(1) Buzz says, "I ain't changin'," and TimMay makes good on his threat; or
(2) Buzz says, "No one tells me how to run my program," calls TimMay's bluff, and puts out the "We wish him the best in the future" press release.
Why it doesn't make sense: If you believe the report that says that TimMay had no idea there was anything amiss at Marquette, this scenario doesn't work. That said, from what I've read about Tim Maymon, he seems to know what's going on with his kid at all times. He strikes me as the kind of dad who would text his son, then call three minutes later if he didn't get a reply. So: the whole "he loves it there, I didn't know anything was wrong" stuff doesn't make much sense.
Why it would be troubling: Because it took only 10 games for our worst fears about J-May and his fami-lay to come true. Also: because it would confirm all the things Rodent fans were saying about TimMay. And, finally (and probably most importantly): because that's a really shitty thing for a father to do to his 18-year-old son.
* Unbeknownst to TimMay, J-May has a meeting with Buzz, asking why he's not playing more. Buzz chews him out, tells him to work harder in practice and play better defense. J-May pouts and decides he's quitting. And Buzz issues the press release wishing J-May well.
Why it makes more sense than the last scenario: Again, if you believe TimMay, this would solve the problem of Papa Maymon not knowing that there was anything wrong. But, again, based on the family dynamic (at least as it's been presented thus far), it seems like J-May doesn't drop a deuce until he's gotten clearance from Pa.
Why it would be troubling: For many of the same reasons as the first scenario.
* J-May has a Jon Moxon "I DON'T WANT YUR LIIII-FE" moment, tells off his dad, and then tells Buzz: "I gotta be my own man, and I can't do that here."
Why it makes some sense: Because you'd figure something's gotta give eventually.
Why it would be troubling: Because we lost a good player. (But, in the end, I'm pulling for this one. Go spread your wings, little bird.)
* J-May didn't have the grades to qualify for second semester, and he knows that he won't be able to bring them up, now or ever.
Why it doesn't make sense: Because, as our Badger infiltrator pointed out in the last post, people who are (seemingly) a lot dumber than J-May have made it through college. (Christ, look at Moongoose.) And because you'd like to think the kid would at least take a semester to try and work his way through the academic problems.
* Because Bo cast a Voodoo Witch Doctor spell on J-May during the second half of the Madison game.
"I want to leave ... Marquette now. Satan is good. Satan is our pal." "Jeronne -- Jeronne. You're chanting!"