JW is a lawyer....he is well versed in what to do in situations like this and thats all that matters. Also he is pretty hot under the collar about this.I'm not too well-versed in what to do in situations like this... here, would the tack be to bring a civil suit against the NCAA for emotional distress, or whatever, and shame them into doing the right thing?
A source said this is "the most disappointing thing I've been a part of." Illinois saw the writing on the wall last night with news on the Va Tech transfer, but they said this is still "in the first quarter."
They'll go through an informal reconsideration process that will include exchanging more info before going through the formal appeal process, which comes with a final decision.
Expect Lovie and Whitman to go through the media to fight this one, like Michigan did with Shea Patterson. I may have more on that tonight.
Illinois is pissed. They should be. While Luke really doesn't really fit the by-the-book parameters of the rule, the NCAA is so inconsistent with this stuff -- and they just don't really do the humane thing.
This is so ridiculous. There is not a single FBS school within a 100 mile radius of his hometown. U. of Illinois is the closest. SIU is obviously closer, but some arbitrary mileage rule should not force a kid to either step down a competitive class or sit a year.According to Jeremy Werner, it was because Champaign is outside of a 100 mile radius of his hometown and his grandpa is not part of his immediate family, apparently those are a part of the rules.
Sure it could...it would just make the family wait a year!I can't say it any better than these tweets (this is a guy you all should be following fwiw)
The process is just a total sham. The NCAA couldn't organize a two-car funeral.
Now the NCAA is creating a market for lawyers here. Don't be shocked when some under the table BS starts to surface between certain lawyers and the NCAALuke Ford's dad has contacted Thomas Mars according to the Athletic. Thomas Mars is the attorney who represented Fields and Martell.
Yes!Luke Ford's dad has contacted Thomas Mars according to the Athletic. Thomas Mars is the attorney who represented Fields and Martell.
Yeah I’m having trouble turning thoughts into words lol. By the letter of the law really none of these transfers should get waivers. I’m just trying to think of it as a cause and effect. Nobody wants to really say it but Fields had the weakest and hardest to prove waiver reason. But it was also the most “uncomfortable” one to tackle so the NCAA punted. Then, in my mind at least, they basically screwed over Martel so they found a loophole to allow him a free transfer.I don't see how that follows at all.
The fact is, there is no way to adjudicate this fairly.
My guess is he would be the go to guy on third downs. I think I've seen him described as sure handed. We need someone else to step up.I’ll be honest, I haven’t followed the off-season at all and know very little. How important was Ford expected to be for our season? Is not having him likely to cost us wins?