Transfer ruling troubles Groce

Transfer ruling troubles Groce

CHAMPAIGN — Count Illinois coach John Groce among those who’s unclear on how the NCAA decides to whom it grants hardship waivers for immediate eligibility after transfers and to whom it doesn’t.

A day after Oregon State transfer Ahmad Starks was ruled ineligible to play at Illinois for the 2013-14 season, Groce expressed his disappointment for Starks and a system questioned by college basketball folks across the country.

“We felt, no question about it, he had a compelling story. He’s very close with his grandmother. She helped raise him. He moved from Oregon State to Illinois, (2,000)-some miles. I thought his case was very, very valid. We were really disappointed,” Groce said Wednesday. “Not only was I disappointed, I don’t understand the consistencies and inconsistencies in the waiver process. It’s amazing as you read about some of these guys that get waivers, and distance didn’t matter. All of a sudden in this one, it does. It’s crazy.”

The 5-foot-9 point guard, who left Oregon State after three years as a starter for the Beavers to be close to his ailing grandmother in Chicago, figured to play a prominent role for the Illini this season. The Whitney Young product averaged 10.4 points per game and shot 40 percent from behind the three-point line as a junior last season.

Along with returning starter Tracy Abrams, freshman Jaylon Tate and sophomore walk-on Mike LaTulip will handle point-guard duties.

“It is what it is. At some point, you’ve got to move on and get ready for what’s next and play the cards you’re dealt; that’s part of it,” Groce said.

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JimOATSfan wrote on October 03, 2013 at 3:10 am

Can't the family move the ailing grandmother into a rental home within 90-93 miles of Stark's home in CU for one calendar year?

Then the family is closer than ever and Starks can finish up his degree and basketball eligibility this season.

All the best to all invloved. Cheers


Moonpie wrote on October 03, 2013 at 11:10 am

Illinois likely won't reveal the NCAA reasoning behind denying the request--will the Sleepy Gazoo attempt reporting and try and find out? Naw--that would cut into ego time at The Esquire.

jordanrules wrote on October 03, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Does the quote from Coach Groce not satisfy you?

"It’s amazing as you read about some of these guys that get waivers, and distance didn’t matter. All of a sudden in this one, it does. It’s crazy.”

jdstieg wrote on October 03, 2013 at 6:10 pm

Moonpie is an idiot and demonstrates it with every comment.

three girls123 wrote on October 03, 2013 at 6:10 pm

Moon Pie is TRULEY an idiot

uiuc wrote on October 07, 2013 at 3:10 pm

If you're going to call someone an idiot, you might want to spell "truly" correctly.