Last month, Boston College announced that Ifeanyi Momah was one of several players who had been granted a medical hardship waiver from the ACC, and that the school would submit a request to the NCAA for a sixth year of eligibility.
For whatever reason, that process didn’t go as expected.
Head coach Frank Spaziani confirmed to the Boston Globe that the NCAA last week denied the wide receiver’s appeal. It’s unclear why the appeal was rejected, with the confusion leading to a head coach very agitated over the process.
“If any kid deserves a chance to get to the next level, it is him,” Spaziani told the Globe. “I don’t care if he gets another year and plays some place else. He deserves a chance to play out his career as far as he can take it.”
From the outside looking in, the decision to grant a sixth year would appear to be a no-brainer. Momah played just one game in 2011, suffering a season-ending injury in an opener that saw him catch eight passes for 157 yards. Additionally, he took a redshirt in 2009 and did not play due to injury.
Normally when a player loses two seasons to injury, a sixth year is automatically granted. For instance, Purdue quarterback Robert Marve was granted a sixth year last week after losing two seasons to injury. What makes Momah’s situation different from Marve’s is unknown.
It’s also unknown when the NCAA will rule on the school’s appeal of their head-scratching decision.