Franklin Session was named the Big Sky's newcomer of the year in early March, and today, the Standard-Examiner is reporting that the junior has been given his scholarship release by coach Randy Rahe, who said the team's leading rebounder and third-leading scorer "just wasn't a great fit."
Session was named to the all-tournament team in the conference tournament, but it was Anthony Johnson from Montana who was able to hit the game-winning shot in the title game after Session's free throw misses left an opening.
That made Johnson a hero, and according to the Standard-Examiner report, the moment had a dramatic impact on Session as well.
The Wildcats, who had won the league's regular-season title, had to settle for a spot in the National Invitation Tournament and Session didn't react in the way that his coaches wanted.
"My attitude towards losing just couldn't be tolerated, and after the Montana loss I acted in an immature way and didn't bounce back fast enough and get ready for the NIT," Session said. "I just felt as though it was my fault and I made huge changes in my attitude throughout the year but it just wasn't enough."
Session, who said that his time playing for the Wildcats "was hands down the best time of my life," took the loss hard and posted on his Facebook page that he didn't care about the NIT and was ready to go home.