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Johnny Juzang receives waiver to play at UCLA this season

This isn’t the waiver news you’ve been waiting for, but the NCAA has granted Johnny Juzang eligibility for the 2020-21 season at UCLA. Jon Rothstein was first to report the news on Twitter.

Juzang announced he was leaving Kentucky in late March following a freshman season in which he averaged 2.9 points and 1.9 rebounds in 28 games. He chose UCLA in part because it’s 15 minutes from his home in Los Angeles, which could be one reason the NCAA granted his waiver. He will face his old team on December 19 when Kentucky takes on UCLA in the CBS Sports Classic.

What does this mean for Olivier Sarr, who is also seeking a waiver from the NCAA to play this fall? This morning, Jeff Borzello made the case for Sarr on ESPN:

His waiver case is threefold. To start, Sarr said he wanted to test the NBA draft waters, but Wake Forest coach Danny Manning convinced him to return to Winston-Salem for his final season. By the time Manning was fired — the day before the early-entry deadline — Sarr said it was too late to enter the draft. Second, Manning was obviously fired; that’s rarely reason enough to receive a waiver from the NCAA, but plenty of players have tried. And third, Sarr says he was asked by the school to wait before entering the transfer portal and he acquiesced to those requests. Having your previous school support your waiver request is sometimes a key aspect of the process.


When it comes to the NCAA, who knows. Cross your fingers.

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31 Comments for Johnny Juzang receives waiver to play at UCLA this season

  1. UKLugo
    4:27 pm May 27, 2020 Permalink

    The biggest takeaway for me is that it only took 2 1/2 months.

    • dukehater71
      4:50 pm May 27, 2020 Permalink

      Sarr will never play one minute at UK. The NCAA and Mark Emmert will make sure of that

    • chris43
      4:59 pm May 27, 2020 Permalink

      Yup! Total freaking BS! If Juzang is eligible every single transfer in the sport cshould be eligible. He had zero reason to transfer.

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      4:54 pm May 27, 2020 Permalink

      I’m afraid I agree with you. If they were about consistency UNCheat would have been hammered instead of getting away with 20 years of blatant academic fraud.

  2. UKLugo
    4:28 pm May 27, 2020 Permalink

    1 1/2 month, sorry.

    • TonyMontana
      4:32 pm May 27, 2020 Permalink

      If he was able to get a waiver, then every other player should as well.

  3. tncatrn
    4:31 pm May 27, 2020 Permalink

    Danny Manning should March his butt to NCAA headquarters and help plead Sarrs case

    • JASUN74
      1:16 am May 28, 2020 Permalink

      Danny will help him out anyway possible I’d imagine. Class guy and he loves those kids and wants to see them improve themselves. These people thinking the NCAA is against us is just wrong. They couldn’t get away with being unfair to Kentucky or they’d have the wrath of Khan on their asss. Of course every single thing hasn’t gone our way, but we have more wins with the NCAA than losses I’ll tell you that.

      Of Course the Kanter deal was going to be hard being the first one with his situation, but a few years later they let the kid at West Virginia play after sitting out some games and paying back a bunch of money. If Kanter would’ve been after him he would’ve played at Kentucky as well. We don’t like everything they decide but we’re not getting it anymore worse than anyone else. They just suck for everyone and are money hungry, power tripping, small pecker boys. Hahahaha

      Sarr will play at Kentucky this year with his situation and after Manning was fired so close to the NBA deadline. If not for that though, I don’t think he would get to play if it was only a coach got fired. But the way it is he will play. Mark it down now. I’d still love to have another big man who would stay within ten feet of the rim the whole game to block shots and rebound. You know!, like a Dennis Rodman clone!!! Haha.

      Cal knows what he’s doing so don’t worry. He wouldn’t have put this much into Sarr unless he knew something in my opinion. That’s why he make those big dollars.
      Go Cats.

  4. peaches76
    4:43 pm May 27, 2020 Permalink

    Would like to know the reason(s) and justification….just for a chuckle.

  5. JASUN74
    4:43 pm May 27, 2020 Permalink

    Wonder how long it took Jeff to actually use Acquiesced In a sentence? Lmao. I’m sure he uses it all the time! Yeah. Haha. Some people just want to look like somebody. That is all. Ha.

  6. BobbyBlue
    4:52 pm May 27, 2020 Permalink

    Emmert will stall Sarr until late August when it is too late to sign anybody else at Ky.
    Incompetent AH still butt hurt over Terrance Jones

    • CrystalBall
      6:28 pm May 27, 2020 Permalink

      Decision won’t be made until October.

  7. VirginiaCat
    4:56 pm May 27, 2020 Permalink

    Paranoia aside, I think this helps our situation with Saar. It would be hard to justify a wavier to an outgoing Kentucky transfer while denying a wavier to an incoming transfer. Yes, I know the NCAA is capable of anything, but from a fairness standpoint, this helps.

    • Bluehender
      5:25 pm May 27, 2020 Permalink

      I hope you’re right

    • runningunnin.454
      6:24 pm May 27, 2020 Permalink

      It will look worse when Sarr is denied when you consider Quade Green, Jemarl Baker, and now Juzang have all sailed through the waiver process with no problem…and very quickly.
      However, I have faith that the ncaa can rationalize any decision that has an adverse effect on a student-athlete’s dream.

  8. Brutal Hustler
    4:58 pm May 27, 2020 Permalink

    Good for Johnny, that’s great news. All transfers requests should be approved like that. If scholarships are year to year and coaches can leave for new jobs with no delay, why is it any different for players? I know logic and reason aren’t the NCAA’s strong suits, but golly Bob howdy, it’s getting ridiculous

    • lexattorney
      5:18 pm May 27, 2020 Permalink

      “Golly Bob howdy?” Is that you, Roy Williams?

    • RAGE
      6:42 pm May 27, 2020 Permalink

      Lol I thought the same thing lex!!!

  9. Han
    5:09 pm May 27, 2020 Permalink

    I remember the thinking used to be that you could transfer “closer to home” if it was related to family change of circumstance. Have a parent who’s been diagnosed with a serious health problem and you want to be closer to help out/see them more/let them see your games to lift their spirits? Sure, you can play. Girlfriend or wife just had a kid and you want the support system of your family or to live closer to the kid’s mom who is back home? Sure, you can play.

    Just moving back home because you miss it was never a reason to get a waiver.

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      5:16 pm May 27, 2020 Permalink


    • ClutchCargo
      5:21 pm May 27, 2020 Permalink

      That’s all true, as far as we know. I think the NCAA is just over dealing with all the waivers right now. Hopefully that works in our favor.

  10. lexattorney
    5:17 pm May 27, 2020 Permalink

    While I am so happy for Johnny I am 1000% certain that this will demonstrate the idiocy, hypocrisy and inconsistency of the NCAA when Sarr’s waiver is summarily denied without a second, or probably even first, look.

  11. Bluehender
    5:24 pm May 27, 2020 Permalink

    Of course he did. Good for him. Meanwhile they’ll do everything they can to keep Sarr ineligible next year…bull crap..

  12. Wild Turkey 101
    5:42 pm May 27, 2020 Permalink

    Per NCAA you can transfer from Kentucky just not to Kentucky.

  13. RAGE
    6:47 pm May 27, 2020 Permalink

    Even if Sarr does get a waiver to play for us next year… Watch it will be after the season begins and he will have to sit out at least a few games… They will get in no hurry for Kentucky.. I agree with Lex that if he doesn’t get a waiver to play after Juzang just got one… It will be absolutely a travesty cause Juzang didn’t leave for any other reason but just to go home and cause he didn’t get enough time… If Sarr doesn’t get one I fear Cal’s rant on the NCAA will def get him some major fines lol

  14. Headhurts
    7:06 pm May 27, 2020 Permalink

    I hope Ky is closer to France than Wake Forest

  15. WILDCATS1968
    7:51 pm May 27, 2020 Permalink

    Quade green sat out a full year. He did not get a waiver. Sat out the last part of the year he left UK, and the 1st half of the following year. Not the same situation. BUT, If they let Juzang leave UK with no special circumstance and get granted, you would think they will let Sarr with special circumstances get a waiver to play at UK. Even the hater media guys would destroy the NCAA with bad publicity if he is not granted a waiver, especially with Manning and Wake Forest supporting it. Throw in CV19 and even with the terrible NCAA decisions of the past, I would be shocked if Sarr is not granted a waiver. He will be at UK, not sweating it.

  16. gwhittle
    8:29 pm May 27, 2020 Permalink

    Sarr has a better reason to transfer than Baker or Juzang did. If he doesnt get a waiver then it further proves that the NCAA operates with zero logic

  17. Gogh Big Bleu
    8:34 pm May 27, 2020 Permalink

    Does Barnhart have a dog in this fight? I don’t know what he’s capable of, but if the NCAA hypocritically denies Sarr immediate eligibility, I would go berserk on them.

  18. satcheluk
    9:15 am May 28, 2020 Permalink

    It seems to me that the losing coach/school is the key piece here. All those who have transferred out are for playing time reasons. Obviously they have to come up with some cover story that at least attempts to pass the sniff test, but we all know the truth. So if if all of Cal’s transfers out being given a waiver despite flimsy, at best, excuses, then the factor that carried the most weight was Cal supporting the waiver. I suspect the kids that get denied are due to previous school giving a thumbs down.