(LEXINGTON, Ky.) – When news first appeared earlier this summer that Xavier Peters was transferring to Kentucky, most of BBN assumed he would be on the field for Saturday’s kickoff against Toledo. The 6’4” 235 pound outside linebacker from Florida State was thought to be a vital cog in the middle of a defense needing some solid spare parts.
But Ahhh—such is not the case. Peters, citing a need to be closer to his young son in Cincinnati, had applied for a waiver to become immediately eligible to play for the Wildcats this season. His request sounded like a no-brainer, but several months later, there’s still no decision forthcoming from the powers that be. His fate resides in the hands of the NCAA—an organization whose transfer decisions are about as consistent as a PJ Washington free throw attempt.
I know that each transfer case is unique, but the thought of the NCAA’s assertion that they base their decisions on what’s good for the student athlete is downright laughable. Nowhere was that more evident than when in a span of 24 hours, the NCAA approved Michigan defensive lineman Aubrey Solomon’s request for immediate eligibility at Tennessee while simultaneously denying the waiver appeal of Virginia Tech offensive lineman Brock Hoffman.
Perhaps I’m just upset at seeing all of Vol Nation unabashedly gloating over the Solomon decision, but the circumstances at UT can’t be any more legitimate than what apparently was involved with the Hoffman case. Here was a young man trying to move a bit closer to home in order to support his mom who has brain cancer—and the NCAA denies the request? YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING ME! Common sense would dictate that there has to be something else going on that we don’t know about. Perhaps the same could be said for the Peters’ situation.
Because if the NCAA would be so heartless as to turn down Hoffman’s request, then it’s apparent that Xavier Peters probably has no chance. In fact, the longer this thing drags out, the worse the odds are that he’ll play this year. In other words, don’t hold your breath waiting. After all, it’s the NCAA we’re talking about.
Dr. John Huang is a regular columnist for Justthecats.com. If you enjoy his writing, you can read more at www.huangswhinings.com or follow him on Twitter @KYHuangs.