The NCAA denied a hardship waiver request to incoming Rutgers sophomore transfer Kerwin Okoro despite the fact that the former Iowa State guard lost both his father and his brother within a two-month period this past season.
Okoro, a 6-foot-5, 230-pound guard, announced his intentions to transfer to Rutgers in May in order to be closer to his family, but they received the disappointing news from the NCAA on Wednesday.
Neither Rutgers nor Okoro released a statement, but he did make mention of the news on Twitter.
I'll make the wise decision of staying off social networks today,cause if I express my feelings right now, I might just say the wrong thing— Nkereuwem Okoro (@The_KO_Campaign) August 20, 2013
The school is appealing the decision, according to NewJersey.com, which first reported the news. If the decision holds, he'll sit out the year.
Okoro still has three years of eligibility left after he appeared in just nine games, averaging just 1.0 point per game.
It's yet another alarming example of the NCAA's apparent ineptitude. The rejection likely comes as a surprise to new Rutgers coach Eddie Jordan since the NCAA has come to dole out hardship waivers more liberally in recent years.
Currently, the NCAA bypasses the transfer rule forcing athletes to sit out a year if a family member is suffering from a debilitating injury or illness. That rule, evidently, doesn't take into account the loss of family members.