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WVU ahead RaeQuan Battle loses attraction course of, must sit out whole 2023-24 season

MORGANTOWN — The NCAA Committee for Legislative Reduction handed the WVU males’s basketball group a devastating blow Tuesday.

The committee denied the college’s attraction for rapid eligibility for senior ahead RaeQuan Battle, that means he must sit out this season after transferring in from Montana State final April.

Battle’s eligibility waiver was first denied by the NCAA on Oct. 23. The college appealed the choice to the legislative aid committee, which has the ultimate say in such issues. There isn’t any additional attraction course of.

“On behalf of West Virginia College Intercollegiate Athletics, we imagine the NCAA has made a grave mistake and misjudgment with regard to first denying RaeQuan Battle’s request for a waiver and now in his eventual attraction,” WVU stated in an announcement. “Each denials have produced nothing however hardship and penalty.”

Battle wanted a waiver to play this season, as a result of he has but to earn a school diploma and had already used his free switch.

He started his profession on the College of Washington in 2019, earlier than transferring to Montana State in 2021. Along with his attraction being denied, WVU has the choice of redshirting Battle this season and he may use his ultimate season of eligibility with the Mountaineers subsequent season.

WVU pushed for a waiver below the rules set forth by the NCAA final March that included an exception, “For causes associated to the student-athlete’s bodily or psychological well-being.”

Eilert has gone on file earlier than stating Battle wants basketball in his life and that he would fear in regards to the participant’s well-being is he was unable to play this season.

Battle’s background as an American Indian is crammed with adversity.

In 2013, when Battle was nonetheless in center faculty, his cousin, who was raised proper alongside Battle and his 4 brothers, dedicated suicide.

A 12 months later, there was a mass taking pictures at Marysville-Pilchuck Excessive — the college Battle attended — during which 5 folks had been killed, together with the shooter. Battle was associated to the shooter.

In response to a letter despatched by state Legal professional Normal Patrick Morrissey to the NCAA, Battle has additionally needed to take care of numerous COVID-19 deaths amongst relations and members of his tribe within the state of Washington.

“The intent of the switch waiver course of is to supply aid for extenuating and extraordinary circumstances which can be exterior the management of the student-athlete,” WVU’s assertion continued. “There isn’t any query that RaeQuan’s case clearly requires a waiver in order that he can proceed his educational and athletic profession on a constructive tract. Regardless of overwhelming proof that RaeQuan clearly meets the established standards for aid, the NCAA’s determination to disclaim does nothing however penalize a student-athlete for damaging conditions and environments that others have precipitated him.”

WVU’s assertion additionally stated it “confused and saddened” by the method that has authorised some athletes for rapid eligibility, whereas denying others.

“Upset, disheartened and definitely pissed off are the feelings our whole basketball program is coping with proper now attributable to this short-sighted determination,” the assertion learn. “It has already been requested by the Division I Board of Administrators to overview the present switch guidelines and waiver tips. Moreover, the chair of the board was particularly quoted stating the NCAA would ‘proceed to view student-athlete well-being and psychological well being as a precedence for the Affiliation.’

“RaeQuan clearly meets the standards, however as soon as once more the NCAA has did not do the correct factor for the well-being and psychological well being of the student-athlete. The precise factor would enhance the lifetime of a younger student-athlete and proper his path to educational and athletic success.”

WVU went by the identical course of a 12 months in the past with guard Jose Perez, who additionally had his waiver and attraction denied. Perez was later faraway from the roster for a group violation.

In its assertion, WVU didn’t say if the attraction committee gave any particular causes for denying Battle’s waiver for eligibility.