Nearly two weeks ago Tulsa announced that the NCAA had denied Bryan Burnham‘s bid for a sixth season of eligibility but would be filing an appeal on that decision.
Unfortunately, the second answer was the same as the first.
In a press release, Tulsa announced it had been informed today that Burnham has been denied a sixth season of eligibility by the NCAA Division I Appeals Committee. Burnham missed all of his true freshman season in 2008 with what was described as an illness, then missed all but one game in 2012 due to a torn ACL.
No reason for the denial was given, although it’s obvious the football program does not agree with either decision.
“This is not the response we had hoped to receive from the NCAA. We’re extremely disappointed, but we’re more disappointed for Bryan than us. The fact that he only played three quarters in 2012 is upsetting because he prepared so hard for his senior season,” said head coach Bill Blankenship. “Even since the injury, Bryan has done everything needed to get himself in shape for an opportunity to join his teammates on the field.”
Burnham played in 25 games during his Tulsa career, starting 14 of those contests. He led the team in 2011 with 54 receptions for 850 yards and nine touchdowns.
“It is a disappointment. The reason I wanted to come back and play again was for my teammates,” said Burnham. “I appreciate everything TU has done for me, not only in trying to secure a sixth year, but through my entire career. I am ready to move on now.”
Burnham has already received a degree in History, and is working on a second degree in organizational studies.
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