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NCAA’s eligibility rules continue to confuse – what does it mean for Xavier Peters?

Aubrey Solomon Granted Immediate Eligibility for 2019 Season

via University of Tennessee athletics

The only consistency in the NCAA’s eligibility decisions is their inconsistency.

While there is still no news regarding Kentucky’s Xavier Peters, the NCAA has announced Aubrey Solomon will be eligible to play at Tennessee this season. The former Michigan player originally announced his decision to transfer last season; he committed to the Volunteers in late December. The defensive lineman is a former five-star recruit, and he has been practicing with his new team throughout the entire offseason.

Here’s where things get tricky. Tennessee’s head coach Jeremy Pruitt has not said what Solomon’s waiver case entailed, and Solomon has not been made available to reporters during the preseason. Coach Pruitt confirmed the news during the SEC coaches teleconference Wednesday, but still did not elaborate on the circumstances behind Solomon’s immediate eligibility. The junior also did not elaborate on his own set of circumstances.

“I’m beyond excited to be playing football this season,” Solomon said in a statement released by the university. “I can’t wait to suit up with my brothers.”

Solomon’s availability will provide a big boost to the Tennessee defensive line, which has no returning starters. The decision came right down to the wire. It took 249 days for the NCAA to make and release their decision – Solomon and the rest of the team will suit up this Saturday against Georgia State.

There is definitely a chance Solomon’s case included personal issues he’d like to keep private. He’s entitled to that right. But isn’t it odd someone with unclear circumstances has been cleared to play immediately, while another player, who transferred closer to home under very public and seemingly-dire circumstances was not?

Offensive lineman Brock Hoffman transferred from Coastal Carolina this year so he could be closer to his mother, who had a noncancerous brain tumor removed before his freshman season and is still dealing with complications. He sought immediate eligibility through the family hardship waiver, but his request was denied Tuesday.

Hoffman has said the NCAA denied his request because his family’s home is five miles outside of a 100-mile radius of Virginia Tech, because he waited too long to transfer after her original diagnosis and because his mother’s condition has now improved. He also said the NCAA did not contact his family during the (again, lengthy) decision-making process.

Hoffman’s father posted this image of the email he sent to the NCAA waiver committee following Tuesday’s news. Spoiler alert: the Hoffman family is not happy:

Brock Hoffman posted his own reaction on Twitter:

What does this all mean? Basically, there are still a lot of blurred lines and plenty of questions surrounding the “rubric” for student athletes looking to gain immediate eligibility, specifically through the family hardship waiver.

Kentucky’s Xavier Peters has been very public about transferring to the Commonwealth in order to be closer to his young son, who lives in Cincinnati. Will that be enough for immediate eligibility? With just days before opening kickoff, the pressure is on, and the ball is still in the NCAA’s court.

Article written by Maggie Davis

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10 Comments for NCAA’s eligibility rules continue to confuse – what does it mean for Xavier Peters?

  1. AirForceOne
    8:29 pm August 28, 2019 Permalink

    The NCAA is just a bunch of completely clueless morons. I hope the Hoffmans will have a legal case that will open up Pandora’s Box on that scam of an organization.

    • truebluefootballfan
      9:19 pm August 28, 2019 Permalink

      I completely agree. Been hoping for several years the power 5 would assemble a new organization and leave the old bass turds standing there holding their wangers scratching their bald heads trying to figure out a new way to screw over kids and their families

    • mashburnfan1
      9:52 pm August 28, 2019 Permalink

      Totally agree. To drag things out that long is a crime in the first place. But to approve kids that cried because they got beat out {Bryant, Fields, Martell etc.} and to deny real life situations like this kid something needs to be done. We all know why, Fields, Bryant will make the NCAA tons of money while this kid will not matter and that is just the way it was treated. And why the time on him and Peters, they approved the money guys pretty quick. Just makes me sick that this is allowed and I really hope they can get things changed with legal action. Can someone come up with anything we can all pitch in to help with to do something about the NCAA with this issue, there was another kid denied a while back that also had a major reason but again he was not a money maker. {sorry I can’t remember name or school}

  2. BobbyBlue
    9:24 pm August 28, 2019 Permalink

    Emmert’s salary of $4 mill allows him to act as god over these young men’s lives and he gives special attention to the ones that will effect the coffers of the NCAA, the most in order to hang on to his outlandish salary, that as always is kept very quiet—- I mean he got almost a $2 mill raise,

  3. dhard
    10:08 pm August 28, 2019 Permalink

    Tell them you are UNC and you can do whatever you want.

  4. zoupman
    11:52 pm August 28, 2019 Permalink

    I don’t see how Emmett still has a job. Guy is terrible. But maybe a terrible organization like the NCAA feels good about having a terrible leader.
    NCAA and sadly KHSAA are two organizations that play favorite to the rich.

  5. Philthy
    1:10 am August 29, 2019 Permalink

    NCAA = No Consistency At All

  6. bbn606
    8:05 am August 29, 2019 Permalink

    One report says that Peters was late getting his paperwork in. Does anyone know anything about that?

  7. beauleonard
    12:15 pm August 29, 2019 Permalink

    The NCAA is the biggest bunch of hypocrites going. Their lack of consistency and questionable judgment calls ruin their credibility. Of which, is only given to them because college athletics defers that power to them. What a joke they are.

  8. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    3:44 pm August 29, 2019 Permalink

    If Xavier gets denied BBN needs to file a antitrust lawsuit and bring the Narcissistic Collegiate A$$holes down.