Tag:Case Keenum Eligibility
Posted on: January 20, 2011 12:31 pm
 

VIDEO: Case Keenum talks about his 6th year at UH

Posted by Chip Patterson

Case Keenum overcame the odds by being granted a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA after tearing an ACL in the third game of his senior season.  Keenum has arguably established himself as one of the greatest quarterbacks in Houston football history, and is closing in on a majority of the major passing records at the NCAA level.  However, when Keenum went down against UCLA it appeared those records would stay in tact.  

But the NCAA is not going to keep a talent like Keenum off the field in order to preserve records.  He will return to the field in a limited fashion this spring, and expects to be full strength for the start of the 2011 season.  His return has made the Cougars a threat once again in Conference USA, as he will try to lead Houston back to the postseason after a five-year bowl streak was snapped in 2010.

He recently sat down during a Houston basketball game to discuss his return to Houston for a sixth year, as well as some of his talents on the hardwood back in the day.


Posted on: December 14, 2010 9:40 am
Edited on: December 14, 2010 10:14 am
 

Houston files paperwork for Keenum's sixth year

Posted by Chip Patterson

As expected, the University of Houston has filed an appeal with the NCAA requesting a sixth year of eligibility for quarterback Case Keenum.  Keenum, the school's all-time leading passer, had his senior year cut short in the third game when he went down with a knee injury against UCLA.  In 2009, Keenum wowed Cougars fans by throwing for 48 touchdowns and amassing over 5800 yards of total offense.  

After being named the Conference USA Player of the Year, hopes were high for Keenum and the Houston squad coming into 2010.  With another big season, Keenum could possibly become the NCAA all-time leader in total passing yards.  

But the injury has kept Keenum from accomplishing that in his fifth year, as well as hurt his stock in the NFL Draft.  So Houston is doing their part to try and grant him that redshirt senior season he did not get in 2010.  According to the NCAA rules, a player may only be granted a sixth year of eligibility if they can prove that the player has missed two seasons due to circumstances out of his control.  

What does not bode well for Keenum is that the NCAA normally does not consider a team-issued redshirt (Keenum's first season on campus) as one of those situations.  Keenum's best chance in the appeal is the timing of the knee injury, and hoping to get some sympathy from the appeals committee.

Posted on: October 12, 2010 10:09 am
 

Case Keenum applying for medical redshirt

Posted by Chip Patterson

Houston star quarterback Case Keenum has decided to petition the NCAA for a sixth year of eligibility.  Keenum's 2010 season was finished when he tore his ACL in a 31-13 loss to UCLA in the third game of the season.  He has already had a career for the record books at Houston, as the Cougars' career passing leader and fifth on the NCAA career passing yardage list at 13,587.  Keenum underwent successful surgery and now

“After talking this over with my family and people close to me, I have decided to try for another year of eligibility,” Keenum said in a statement released through UH. “This ending wasn’t exactly what I predicted for my senior year, and because I care so much about this team and this university, I would love to be able to play one more season.  I don’t know what the outcome will be, but I at least want to see the whole process through. I thank coach (Kevin) Sumlin and the athletic department for their help in this appeal.”

Clearly Keenum is upset with the way his career as a Cougar has potentially ended, but it is likely that this decision has just as much to do with the timing of the injury in relation to the NFL Draft.  Normally the recovery period for ACL surgery can last as many as eight or nine months, with the actual date of the draft falling about seven months after Keenum's operation.  Another factor in the decision is likely the dreaded collective bargaining agreement, and the threat of a lockout for the 2011 season.  Regardless of the outcome, Keenum needs to hope for a speedy decision.  He is set to graduate in December and if he is granted an extra year must rearrange his academic schedule by mid-January.  

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