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NCAA benevolence gets Case Keenum a sixth year

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Timmy Chang can officially become concerned about his all-time passing yardage falling.

The Houston Chronicle is reporting that the NCAA will announce Friday afternoon that Houston’s Case Keenum has won his appeal and will be granted a sixth season of eligibility.  The school refused to confirm the status of Keenum’s appeal.

The fifth-year senior quarterback suffered a torn ACL in the Cougars’ third game of the 2010 season, and from the outset it appeared highly unlikely the NCAA would grant an additional year to a player who was considered a preseason Heisman favorite.

Keenum came to UH from Abilene Wylie in 2006. Because Keenum took a redshirt season as a true freshman, he appeared to have an uphill battle in appealing for an additional season of eligibility. NCAA rules specify that to grant a sixth year, an athlete has to have lost two seasons for reasons out of the control of him/her and the school.

Under NCAA rules, a voluntary red-shirt season is not considered such a circumstance. UH made the case to the NCAA that a collarbone injury prevented Keenum from playing in 2006.

Currently, Keenum is fifth in Div. 1-A history with 13, 586 yards.  Chang is first with 17,072 yards.

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2 Responses to “NCAA benevolence gets Case Keenum a sixth year”
  1. centexhorn says: Jan 14, 2011 5:51 PM

    Timmy Chang! I’d totally forgotten about that guy. Case Keenum has to be the Heisman favorite for 2011.

  2. jhorton83 says: Jan 14, 2011 7:30 PM

    Well, Timmy Chang doesn’t have much else to do at this point other than worry about his college records.

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