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Oliver Sarr Watch: Adam Zagoria spoke to NCAA insiders about the wait

Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

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Olivier Sarr, his coaches, teammates and fans are still anxiously awaiting the NCAA’s decision on Sarr’s immediate eligibility at Kentucky. There have been approximately 742 similar cases already decided this offseason, but the transfer from Wake Forest is still sitting by the phone for a verdict while getting ready for the season in Lexington.

At this point, it is anyone’s guess as to when that decision might come. Trying to understand the NCAA’s timeline for decision-making is a game we’ve played too many times before, and you’ll get burned every time. However, Adam Zagoria, in a reply to Dick Vitale’s Twitter rant on Sarr and the NCAA, said a source told him, “Delays are typically due to a lack of timely document production. Often we ask and the reply is slow in being sent. May be the issue here.”

In a follow-up story on Zagoria’s website, he points to another obstacle that could be in the way: the SEC’s rule on transfers.

Zagoria wrote:

An SEC transfer rule could hold up Olivier Sarr’s eligibility at Kentucky, an NCAA source said.

The SEC has a policy that requires undergraduate transfers to have two seasons of competition remaining, the source said. The 7-foot Frenchman completed three years of play at Wake Forest before transferring in May. Sarr averaged 13.7 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game as a junior last season, notching 11 double-doubles. He was arguably the top transfer on the market this spring. []

So according to Zag’s sources, it could be either (a) slow processing on Sarr’s end, whether it be Kentucky or Wake Forest’s fault; or (b) an SEC rule is complicating things. And I can assure you Kentucky’s done all it can.

[SEC Transfer Rule Could Impact Kentucky’s Olivier Sarr]


Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

23 Comments for Oliver Sarr Watch: Adam Zagoria spoke to NCAA insiders about the wait

  1. ClutchCargo
    2:43 pm September 21, 2020 Permalink

    You mean to tell me Dickie V jumped to a wrong conclusion and wasted everybody’s time ranting about something not even true?

  2. Good Times
    2:56 pm September 21, 2020 Permalink

    Is this a new rule by the SEC or one that’s just never enforced? Reid Travis, Nate Sestina, Kerry Blackshear, etc. I believe all just had one remaining year of eligibility and didn’t make a difference. Unless this is a new rule for this year, that one seems like a lame excuse.

  3. dhard
    2:57 pm September 21, 2020 Permalink

    The delay is very simple to understand; it is on University of Kentucky letterhead and those get sent to the back of the line.

  4. IrishCat
    3:04 pm September 21, 2020 Permalink

    Free Olivier

  5. millertim
    3:15 pm September 21, 2020 Permalink

    Let’s get this straight… the NCAA is saying its UK’s fault for not knowing a small little detail like transfers must have at least 2 years eligibility left to clear waivers???? I find it hard to believe since UK has ALOT at stake with this transfer. Surely someone in the SEC compliance or rules office would have spoken up before now… If that’s the case, UK should have been told from the BEGINNING that Sarr would never clear SEC rules!!! BTW, what’s the point of the antiquated 2 years remaining stipulation— this isn’t the 1950’s…

  6. JT55
    3:15 pm September 21, 2020 Permalink

    Without Sarr, no deep run.

  7. Headhurts
    3:16 pm September 21, 2020 Permalink

    The NCAA is a joke now and must be abolished and replaced with a group that’s fair and transparent that looks out for the best interest of. College athletes.

  8. BobbyBlue
    3:26 pm September 21, 2020 Permalink

    Emmert is an unqualified, over paid, dictator.
    Needs to have been fired long ago. We just have to face facts— Saar is in the midst of the Enes Kanter treatment and I believe with the same ending.

  9. 2andToodleLoo
    4:00 pm September 21, 2020 Permalink

    Sarr = Kanter Part Deux

  10. Go Deep
    4:03 pm September 21, 2020 Permalink

    Honest question here… who has the authority to fore Emmert?

  11. Megan
    4:04 pm September 21, 2020 Permalink

    Say what you will about the NCAA (and you will), this is all Kentucky’s fault for not knowing the SEC rule, or at least hoping they could get around it. So point the finger where it belongs on this one. Not at Emmert. At Cal.

    At least there’s no denial yet, which means the possibility still exists. That’s a thin thread to hold on to.

  12. ibescootch
    4:10 pm September 21, 2020 Permalink

    I’m not defending the NCAA in any way, but if anyone has worked in financial institutions or similar, and a transaction comes across your desk outside of the typical every day stuff, you’re going to take your time getting it right, because you know there are far-reaching implications to getting it wrong or missing some detail.

    Since this case is unique in the sense that Sarr is 1. A very high level transfer, 2. Going to a very high level school, 3. Not a grad transfer (like our prior guys), 4. This is a year where everything is under a microscope.

    Again, not defending the slow pace, but maybe there’s a reason they’re taking their time, and won’t be bullied into a decision because we want them to hurry?

    • ClutchCargo
      4:25 pm September 21, 2020 Permalink

      Agree. I don’t like how long it is taking, but we don’t even know 100% what the issue is. And basketball is going to start later than normal anyway. If it gets to be mid-November and still no decision, then it’s time to start freaking out.

    • damage_control
      5:51 pm September 21, 2020 Permalink

      Ah you’re overthinking it. In another year all these guys won’t need a transfer waiver so gtfo of here with all that jazz

    • ibescootch
      11:04 pm September 21, 2020 Permalink

      In another transfer year, yes. I literally said that as one of my points. This is an atypical year. So I will STFIH with this jazz.

      And yeah, Clutch, I think the NCAA has some turdburgers running it, but I don’t think it’s a simple copy-and-paste situation like all the other transfers out there. If we’re pushing up against the start of the season and there’s no decision, or at least an obvious reason made public, I’ll start to point fingers.

  13. Dr. Tom
    4:34 pm September 21, 2020 Permalink

    Well this new “SEC transfer rule” thing is very interesting. Looks like this whole delay process is not on Emmert but on the UK power’s that be. Didn’t anyone in Lexington read the SEC transfer rules before making the effort to recruit Sarr. This is such a terrible transfer predicament to have placed this young man in. Someone needs to interview Cal, Mitch or someone in the know and ask some questions about this “SEC transfer rule”!!

  14. Headhurts
    4:37 pm September 21, 2020 Permalink

    In Jan 2021 it’s believed that all 1 time transfers will qualify, so why in the hell are they using a fine tooth comb now. What a joke.

  15. Southky
    5:04 pm September 21, 2020 Permalink

    This guy will never see the floor at UK.

  16. Corder
    8:11 pm September 21, 2020 Permalink

    Wow you people are something else. Y’all are as bad as this site. One guy says something about a rule that I’m sure if you go and do just a little bit of research this rule is not enforced by the SEC and if anything the NCAA would put it on the SEC so they don’t look like the bad guys in all of this because let’s face it this is what they are best at. So quick to believe anybody and everybody as long as it’s on KSR. Go figure.

  17. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    10:40 am September 23, 2020 Permalink

    Testing testing testing.