Nick Martineau isn't coming back next year. GRRR . . . I might be one of the few people at BYU to be willing to say this, but I think he is an amazing basketball player, and this decision doesn't make me happy. Some of the people I attended games with this season can attest to the fact that, more than once, I was found guilty of screaming, "Put Martineau in!" at the BYU bench. I think he was, by far, the most underrated player on the team for at least the last two years. And his last name is French. That automatically puts him on my list of cool people.
Yes, he's "short" (6'). My boss calls him an Oopma Loompa (yeah, that really doesn't sit well with me). But he is dang good. It's true that he's had the ball embarrassingly blocked down into his face a couple times, but, guess what? So has Jimmer.
Honestly, this whole situation sounds a little fishy to me. I can't help but think there's something going on behind the scenes that we're not being told. Maybe it's just my extreme admiration of Dave Rose talking, but I can't imagine Coach throwing someone off the team for something that wasn't that player's fault or that wasn't a mutually acceptable decision. To quote Coach directly (from the linked article above): "I am sorry. It is my fault. I didn't play you, and it didn't work out how we thought it would." Ok, that's understandable if you changed your mind and thought other players might be better to put in the game at certain times. But don't pull his scholarship for it. Like you just said, it's not his fault you didn't play him. He worked hard, and he earned that scholarship. Now he's being punished for it. Something's not right with that.
The bottom line is that I feel back for Nick. I can't blame him for being angry. "Of course I am hurt. I think any athlete, when they are finished, they would have liked it to keep going. I am disappointed that the situation is how it is. And I am disappointed in how it went down. But I think it is important to focus on all the good that has happened, and I am trying to not focus on the disappointment and the things that are negative. I am trying to focus on all the positive things I have been able to accomplish here and experience here."
Best of luck in the future, Nick. I hope I get to see you play basketball again some day.