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.”
NCAA source on Sarr: ‘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.’ https://t.co/ItA8lzEKNc
— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) September 21, 2020
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.
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. [ZagsBlog.com]
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.