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.