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.