Friday, October 08, 2010

Cajou takes Leave of Absence

Written for your enjoyment by: Raff

Mt. St. Mary's announced today that Jean Cajou has withdrawn from school and taken a leave of absence from school and will not participate with the basketball team during the fall semester.  With Cajou's departure, the Mount will be without four of its five starters from last year's team when it opens the season next month in Ohio versus Dayton under first year head coach Robert Burke.

Robert Burke said in a statement released on that, "As Jean's coaches, teammates and friends we miss him very much. We are extremely hopeful he will return to school and the court for the second semester."

Sources told the FanBlog in early September that Cajou had left the Emmitsburg campus, but it was uncertain until the announcement today what Cajou's status for the season would be.

This was to be Cajou's fifth season on campus after graduating from Paul XI. After sitting out his freshman year on campus, he was the NEC Tournament MVP during the Mount's run to the NCAA tournament during his freshman season on the court. The NCAA generally has a five years to play four which would likely keep Cajou from redshirting this season even though he was not part of the Mount program during his first year on campus.

Either way, he was expected to play a huge role on this year's team. He was the team's best defender and with the departure of point guard Jeremy Goode, it was expected that his ballhandling duties were to be increased. He was also a captain as a junior and certainly thought of as a leader of this group.

He will be missed and we wish him the best.


  1. Prayers for Jean and his family.

  2. Indeed, I hope Jean is OK. Wish there was something - anything - we all could do to help.

  3. And they say the Mount will finish in the middle of the pack in the NEC? You can forget that now. Basically you may as well forget about any more than about 5 wins now. This really sucks. Geeze, it is one negative thing after another for the Mount. Bottom line, it simply blows.

  4. I am on the verge of canceling my hotel rooms. Like hell will I waste gas money on going to watch a team that can hardly even compete. heck, we will lose to Loyola by at least 30 now. This really sucks

  5. The hotel rooms are officially cancelled. What thee hell has gone so worng so quick for the Mount? Milan is not God, so why?

  6. With fans like Richard, who needs enemies?

  7. Oh well Harry. It almost seems there is some loss of integrity with how the Mount has been going down so suddenly. At least I was not a fairweather fan for the past 23 years. I have traveled to many away games and was possibly the only Mount fan, other than a few parents to root for my team. Through all of that( I was not around for the terrible season where they won like 4 or 5 games) I cannot recall a time when my hopes for the season have plummeted so abruptly, in addition to a lack of effort from the team that I observed in the final game the past 2 years. the RMU blowout last year, and the JMU give up the year before. Why has all this happened? Is it mostly Powell's fault for lack of funding? Sorry for you that you do not like seeing a fan get emotional, but the team means a lot to me. I began going to the games riding out to them on my bike when I was young and I have stuck by them and contributed to them for a good while. Thats more than I can say for fans who only travel to games that are 'important' like the title games.