Washington State might get lucky invoking a little-known transfer rule to help WR Kyrin Priester avoid having to sit out this year. Priester is a Clemson transfer.
LEWISTON, Idaho — Good morning from Lewiston, where I’ll be heading out to Washington State football camp this afternoon.
But first, the big news coming out of Cougs’ camp on Friday night was that according to Spokesman-Review reporter Jacob Thorpe, Clemson transfer Kyrin Priester might end up being able to play for WSU this season instead of having to sit out per NCAA transfer rules. Clemson dismissed Priester last fall because of what Tigers coach Dabo Swinney described as “an attitude that is not acceptable to our standard.”
Priester, a redshirt freshman receiver, subsequently signed with WSU, and now the Cougs are hoping he’ll be able to play for them this year.
The key here is a seldom-invoked NCAA transfer rule known as the “run-off waiver”.
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Former Division I athletics compliance officer John Infante explains the run-off waiver in this blog post on Bylaw Blog, but basically the waiver allows players who were “run off” their teams for reasons outside their control to get a new opportunity to play at a different school without having to sit out a year.
According to Infante’s blog post:
“This waiver is designed for athletes who have not been kicked off the team for academic or disciplinary reasons. … The guidelines do not differentiate between different reasons why an athlete was cut from the team, so long as it was not within the athlete’s control. To that end, the NCAA will ask the previous institution what the athlete’s status was when they were told they no longer could participate. Participation is the critical point, not the athlete’s scholarship. An athlete who has their scholarship cut but still has a spot on the team would not get relief under these guidelines.”
The school petitioning for a waiver on the athlete’s behalf — in Priester’s case, WSU — has to submit the following documentation:
- Documentation demonstrating that the student-athlete would not have had the opportunity to return to the previous institution’s team for reasons outside the control of the student-athlete.
- A written statement from the applicant institution that the student-athlete is in good academic standing and meets all progress-toward-degree requirements at applicant institution.
- A written statement from the student-athlete’s previous institution indicating that the previous institution supports the request.
WSU had already submitted a waiver appealing on Priester’s behalf, and on Friday Thorpe wrote that it’s “very likely” Priester will get to play for WSU this season.
Still, it’s not a sure bet that the NCAA will grant Priester the waiver. For one, as Infante points out, “few coaches and athletic departments are willing to go on record that they cut or ran off a student-athlete who had no disciplinary or academic problems. Some will respond by agreeing to support the waiver, but will not admit to the conversation where the athlete was run off, which makes meeting the first requirement difficult.”
— After losing three-star 2016 QB Ian Book to Notre Dame last week, the Cougs gained a new quarterback commit on Friday when Flour Bluff (Texas) QB Cody Brewer committed to WSU.
— ESPN.com’s Chantel Jennings predicts that the Cougs will battle the Huskies for a fourth place finish in the Pac-12 North and she says the best case scenario for WSU this year is a 7-5 record.
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— SB Nation Coug Center’s Scott Cresswell jumps back to 2012 and analyses the hits and misses from Leach’s recruiting class that year.