That's not true right? If they hold him to the LOI then he will have to transfer and sit, correct. If he's already enrolled in summer classes or received scholarship money from SLU then he'd have to transfer and sit.
But if they release him from his LOI tomorrow, they can't put any qualifications on that. Unless they changed that since Tilmon last year.
Tilmon was released due to a coaching change, that's why I said unless Ford leaves, Gordon is treated as a transfer even if he has not played a game nor received aid.