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Arizona WR Davonte Neal has NCAA appeal denied

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Arizona wide receiver Davonte Neal’s hardship waiver request to play immediately this year after transferring from Notre Dame has been denied by the NCAA, Wildcats coach Rich Rodriguez said on Monday.

Neal, a highly-touted recruit from Scottsdale’s Chaparral High, signed with the Irish out of high school and was Notre Dame’s top punt returner as a true freshman last season. He also had one rush for seven yards and caught one pass for minus five yards.

The 5-foot-9, 171-pounder left South Bend to be closer to his girlfriend and baby daughter. Most players who transfer have to sit out a season before playing, but Neal hoped that the NCAA would waive this requirement due to his family situation.

The Wildcats do plan on making another appeal, but it’s not likely to be approved. As a result, Neal will likely sit out the year and have three seasons of eligibility remaining.

Arizona could’ve used Neal and his playmaking abilities in 2013. The Wildcats receivers have caught just 12 passes in their first two games as senior quarterback B.J. Denker has struggled in the early going.

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6 Responses to “Arizona WR Davonte Neal has NCAA appeal denied”
  1. barnesaintnoble says: Sep 10, 2013 12:31 AM

    The NCAA doesn’t believe in families.

  2. usm418 says: Sep 10, 2013 12:39 AM

    The NCAA has a difficult time with anything that doesn’t have to do with lining the pockets of the university presidents

  3. kiopta1 says: Sep 10, 2013 8:07 AM

    But EVs was ok?

  4. chalkruz1989 says: Sep 10, 2013 8:33 AM

    I know this is football but Jay Wright, Villanova’s basketball coach said, “if you need to transfer to be closer to family why do you need to play?”

    I get that these kids have aspirations of playing in the NFL but you are either transferring because of personal reasons or athletic reasons. Either or, you should sit out a season but not lose a year,

  5. steeldominance says: Sep 10, 2013 9:52 AM

    Neal and Vanderdoes should both have to sit out a year and lose a year of eligibility. Im sure there are other players who have family issues and choose to keep their commitment to their school. Getting your girlfriend pregnant and having a kid is a family issue that you created. The NCAA may as well just allow trades amongst colleges at this point. I hope both of these guys fail in their careers and fail to get degrees.

  6. stoicpaisano says: Sep 10, 2013 2:54 PM

    So Neal should get to flaunt the rules because he wanted to give a creampie instead of a facial? Pass.

    If he had a LEGIT issue like DeAnthony Arnett, the NCAA probably would’ve issued an immediate waiver.

    Heck, knowing some of the stunts Helicopter Dad Neal pulled during the recruitment, I surprised he didn’t fake a heart attack or something.

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