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NCAA denies Tom Savage’s appeal for hardship waiver

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Regardless of which coach Rutgers tabs to replace Greg Schiano, the Scarlet Knights won’t have Tom Savage as an option at quarterback in 2012.  Or any other year, for that matter.

In a tweet posted to his Twitter account Sunday night, Savage wrote that “I guess you can get punished for being a man and coming home to take care of your family.”  A pair of media outlets both subsequently confirmed that Savage’s tweet referred to an appeal to the NCAA for a hardship waiver that would allow him to play immediately had been denied.

Savage began his collegiate career at RU before transferring to Arizona in 2010.  Shortly after Rich Rodriguez‘s hiring by UA in December of last year, Savage announced that he was again transferring, although he claimed the decision to move on again was due to family issues as opposed to not being a fit in RichRod’s spread offense.

Late last month, it was reported that Savage was eyeing a return to Rutgers.

“Thanks for all the support,” Savage wrote in a later tweet late last night. “This is only a speed bump… You will see me play again I promise you that… Eveything [sic] happens for a reason.”

Where the QB will play again remains to be seen.

Because he’s transferring a second time and his appeal to the NCAA failed, Savage will have to sit out the 2012 season if he chooses to transfer to any school at the Div. 1 level.  As it stands now, his only option would be playing for a non-Div. 1 school — Div. II, Div. III or NAIA.

It had previously been reported that Rutgers would only want Savage to transfer back if he won his appeal and had two years of eligibility remaining.

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4 Responses to “NCAA denies Tom Savage’s appeal for hardship waiver”
  1. woebegong says: Jan 30, 2012 10:14 AM

    Tough break for the kid, but rules are rules. It would appear more than anything that the NCAA, didn’t consider him to be a athlete second, student first, so they have to continue the facade of being concerned about academic integrity. I hope this young man catches on with another school and at least gets a chance to prove himself again. I would hold on a minute though, since given the fact that the Rutgers coach just walked out on them, and a few players may follow, Rutgers just might reconsider his conditional scholarship and take him back and let him red shirt this year. I think they will have a little room under their limit come signing day.

  2. LogicalConsideration says: Jan 30, 2012 10:17 AM

    More details would help. Any idea if there is any substance to his claim to need to come home to take care of his family? If, for example, one of his parents has, subsequent to his going to Arizona, been diagnosed with a debilitating disease, then maybe he deserves a hardship waiver and the NCAA is up to its usual obtuseness.

    Otherwise, he looks like a liar using “family needs” to suit his desire to be “given” playing time. And, if there is a family need that exists, but it existed prior to his leaving Rutgers the first time, he’s a (George Carlin Word).

  3. woebegong says: Jan 30, 2012 10:23 AM

    I agree with maybe needing more information, but I was taking his word for it, that he had pressing family needs. He might indeed be trying to leave on a hardship more because the offense isn’t suited to his playing skills. I am not sure what a full time athlete at a major university can do, other than lend moral support if there are some family health issues, but I have no idea, as to the nature of the family concerns.

  4. thegamecocker says: Jan 30, 2012 3:22 PM

    The A-Holes at the NCAA believe “Scam Newton” that he knew nothing about his father peddling him to schools for money but deny this young man’s appeal. Newton is a LIAR, A CHEAT, AND A THIEF!!! Another blunder by the NCAA.

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