MORGANTOWN — RaeQuan Battle’s combat with the NCAA for quick eligibility has reached a 3rd stage, in accordance with WVU males’s basketball coach Josh Eilert.
In his postgame press convention following Saturday’s 66-60 victory towards Drexel, Eilert stated the varsity has submitted Battle’s eligibility case again to the NCAA below the group’s reconsideration clause.
“You may deliver new data to the desk and attempt to ask for a reconsideration,” Eilert stated. “Reconsideration is in play. It’s as much as them what they do with it.”
In response to NCAA paperwork, the reconsideration stage for an eligibility case can solely occur “if new data is introduced which was not fairly accessible on the time of the unique resolution.”
Within the request, WVU should present a proof as to why the brand new data was not initially accessible and solely the brand new data might be thought-about, which means the small print in Battle’s earlier appeals won’t be reviewed once more by the NCAA.
That data has already been reviewed by the NCAA after which by an enchantment board, who each dominated towards WVU’s request for a waiver.
Battle wants a waiver to be able to play this season, as a result of he’s a two-time switch who has but to earn a school diploma.
His profession started on the College of Washington, and he then used his one free switch to play at Montana State.
He performed two seasons at each faculties, which means Battle has only one season of eligibility remaining, though he nonetheless has a redshirt accessible to him.
Eilert supplied no particulars on what the “new” data was or why it wasn’t submitted to the NCAA within the first place.
This case is just not linked to the go well with Battle introduced towards the NCAA on Friday, which states the NCAA’s switch guidelines have affected his NIL earnings.
It’s additionally not linked to the multi-state case towards the NCAA introduced on by seven states, together with West Virginia, that challenges the NCAA’s course of in figuring out eligibility.
That case can be looking for an injunction on the NCAA’s resolution to disclaim Battle his eligibility.
“I want I did,” Eilert stated when requested if he’s been given any timeline on how quickly any selections might be made by the courts or the reconsideration course of. “These items at all times appear to tug out longer. You suppose you’re going to get a fast reply from the preliminary waiver to the enchantment to the reconsideration.
“Every thing is taking a means longer time than I anticipated. I hope we get some nice information and I believe it’s essential for them to get this one proper.”
If the multi-state case towards the NCAA does get a direct injunction on Battle’s enchantment, WVU may nonetheless be in a tricky spot.
Technically, a court docket of regulation may give WVU the O.Okay. to play Battle by an injunction, however that wouldn’t essentially make the guard eligible.
If WVU performed Battle, after which the courts dominated favorably for the NCAA within the lawsuit, the NCAA may then penalize WVU by making the varsity forfeit all video games Battle performed in, in addition to penalizing the varsity for utilizing an ineligible participant.
Battle’s eligibility for subsequent season may additionally come into query.