The NCAA grants transfer waivers to student athletes based on injury, illness or financial hardship of an immediate family member or legal guardian. If a family member is given a specific amount of time to live, that also merits a waiver.
Death, however, isn’t part of the criteria, it seems.Rutgers transfer Kerwin Okoro lost his father Stanislaus and brother Idiongo in the span of two months last year, which made The Bronx product decide to leave Iowa State and come closer to home to attend Rutgers. Yet the NCAA denied the 6-foot-5 St. Raymond graduate’s transfer waiver request yesterday, a source told The Post
It’s a head-scratching decision considering Okoro’s losses would seem to meet the waiver guidelines more than many other student athletes who have been approved in recent years. For example, Iona guard Tavon Sledge, who left Iowa State, received a waiver and was allowed to play immediately last season because his father was sick, while Hofstra guard Shaquille Stokes was granted one because of his sick grandmother.
Okoro’s 72-year-old father, Stanislaus, died in December of a stroke. Then two months later, his 28-year-old brother, Idiongo, died from colon cancer. Okoro came back to be closer to his mother Eno and older brother Freddie, 26.
There's still time for the NCAA to fix their decision, but when this request went across someone's desk, who is the fugging idiot that said, sorry, the waiver doesn't cover deceased family, only sick. There some examples of other athletes getting waviers immediately for sick parents.
Can't wait for the current lawsuit (of using player likenesses) to hammer the NCAA into bankruptcy.