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Dick Vitale says Kentucky has submitted a waiver for Olivier Sarr

Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

The ball is in the NCAA’s court regarding Olivier Sarr’s eligibility for the 2020-21 season.

While it’s expected that Kentucky applied for a waiver for Sarr not long after he signed on the dotted line in May, ESPN’s Dick Vitale publicly confirmed the waiver submission following a phone call with John Calipari this evening.

“[John Calipari] told me tonight that all the paperwork for Olivier Sarr has been submitted to NCAA for a waiver to be eligible instantly,” Vitale said on his Twitter page. “To me a no brainer. ALL PLAYERS AT A SCHOOL WITH A COACHING CHANGE should be allowed to transfer & be allowed to play.”

In a string of tweets back in May, Vitale said he felt confident that Sarr will be eligible to play at Kentucky this season.

“Great news for [UCLA] having [Johnny Juzang] eligible as he will help [coach Mick Cronin] but also super news for [Kentucky] for [Olivier Sarr] being declared eligible by [the NCAA],” Vitale tweeted at the time of former UK guard Johnny Juzang being granted immediate eligibility earlier in the week. “Case for Sarr [is] much stronger than Juzang’s.”

“I feel that the NCAA will grant a waiver for [Kentucky’s] Olivier Sarr to be eligible this [year],” Vitale continued in another tweet. “Also based on the quick response on Johnny Juzang given a waiver [at UCLA], I think that the NCAA will be more lenient in waiver requests.”

Last season at Wake Forest, Sarr earned third-team All-ACC honors after averaging 13.7 points and 9.0 rebounds for the Demon Deacons.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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16 Comments for Dick Vitale says Kentucky has submitted a waiver for Olivier Sarr

  1. Tom Bombadil
    10:37 pm June 13, 2020 Permalink

    GO CATS!!!!

  2. bbn606
    10:59 pm June 13, 2020 Permalink

    Why are we having to depend on Dick Vitale for breaking news on UK? Come on guys, shake the dust off and get with it.

    • Han
      11:22 pm June 13, 2020 Permalink

      Nah, it’s more about using Dukie V as a public voice to remind people nationally about what we all follow closely here in the Bluegrass.

  3. T-Town Cat
    11:11 pm June 13, 2020 Permalink

    Don’t complain about Jack’s work. He’s the best writer KSR has now. If not for him, I’m not sure KSR would have any UK sports articles.

  4. CrystalBall
    11:24 pm June 13, 2020 Permalink

    Maggie Davis also does a very good job.

    • T-Town Cat
      12:58 am June 14, 2020 Permalink

      Yes, she does.

  5. crazycatfan65
    11:43 pm June 13, 2020 Permalink

    KSR has several quality writers.

    • T-Town Cat
      12:58 am June 14, 2020 Permalink

      But Jack really cranks out quantity and quality.

  6. T-Town Cat
    12:59 am June 14, 2020 Permalink

    I’m not related to Jack.

    • lexattorney
      2:11 am June 14, 2020 Permalink

      Translation: Jack is my younger brother, please read his material!

  7. lexattorney
    2:16 am June 14, 2020 Permalink

    This whole thing is Cal using Vitale to plead his case to the NCAA, which will also be to no avail. No way in HELL Emmett EVER lets him play a game here. It’s just another of the millions of examples of the NCAA’s hypocrisy.

    • UKFanSC
      8:39 am June 14, 2020 Permalink

      While none of us knows what the NCAA will do, I tend to think he will be allowed to play. The Juzang ruling indicated a precedent for 2020 that will be hard to contradict with Sarr. Expect him in blue and white this year.

    • UKBigBlueForever
      9:56 am June 14, 2020 Permalink

      Lexattorney, I’d bet my left nut he’s eligible and you are just being paranoid lol.

  8. dan1965
    2:41 am June 14, 2020 Permalink

    Honestly I don’t think we needed anyone to report or tell us Kentucky had already requested the waiver and started the paperwork, and filed it ! If they hadn’t, then that would have been the story, but I would say the paperwork was all in, done and submitted within the first week or so.
    They need to know as soon as possible one way or another on this kid, whether it’s trying to find someone else, or getting Jackson or someone prepared to play the position, so again, any delay in starting the process and getting the request to the NCAA would have been the story, I’ve figured for some time it’s all in,done, and all were waiting on is to hear back from them on his eligibility.
    They’ll probably rule him ineligible, but give Zion another year at Duke, allowing him to play in between his nba games, saying they feel sorry poor Zion is being attacked and sued it’s only fair to give him another year…lol

  9. runningunnin.454
    10:33 am June 14, 2020 Permalink

    Can’t hurt for a national college basketball ambassador like Vitale to give his heartfelt opinion that players that lose their coach should get the waiver.
    Vitale also said, “No doubt that Sarr should be declared eligible. I will be shocked if any other decision occurs”.

    • BobbyBlue
      12:29 pm June 14, 2020 Permalink

      Maybe the reporting of Vitale’s public statement is meant to try and ramp up the pressure for Emmert to do the right thing for Ky this time ?
      I will not be surprised if Emmert continues his UK vendeta with Sarr or maybe he will wait and screw us with the seedings as usual.