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Ole Miss transfer has appeal denied, won’t play for Auburn in 2014

Austin Golson AP

After leaving Ole Miss in mid-April, Austin Golson decided to become a walk-on at Auburn nearly a month later.  Because of sick grandparents, the offensive lineman appealed for a hardship waiver that would grant him immediate eligibility for 2014.

Unfortunately for the player, that appeal the move was unsuccessful.

AU line coach B.J. Grimes confirmed Monday night that Golson’s appeal to the NCAA was unsuccessful.  No reason was given for the denial.

Golson will take a redshirt for the 2014 season, then have three seasons of eligibility remaining beginning in 2015.

As a true freshman last season, Golson, a four-star 2013 recruit rated as the No. 9 tackle in the country, played in 12 games, mainly at the guard position.  He had considered signing with Auburn, as well as Alabama, coming out of high school.

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6 Responses to “Ole Miss transfer has appeal denied, won’t play for Auburn in 2014”
  1. rolltide510 says: Jun 17, 2014 1:57 PM

    I don’t know this guy’s situation and hope his grandparents are okay, but its almost a relief to see the hardship wavier hasn’t become a rubber stamp; I don’t think I’ve ever seen one turned down.

  2. chalkruz1989 says: Jun 17, 2014 3:25 PM

    Though I wasn’t an athlete in college, I was the manager of the men’s basketball program at a Division I University and I can tell you the rules are skewed big time.

    Just a student, I could have simply transfered out of school and into another University the following semester without any penalties.

    In collegiate sports, college coaches can just up-and-go their current employer while under contract. Why are athletes not provided the same opportunity?

    I agree that allowing student-athletes the ability to transfer anywhere without sitting would definitely create an imbalance, it’s hard for me to trust an 17, 18 year old young adult to make such a difficult decision without having regrets or making a mistake.

  3. rolltide510 says: Jun 17, 2014 3:40 PM

    Well, the problem they’re looking to avoid is annual free agency in CFB. When you can skip town for greener pastures after spring practice when you don’t top the depth chart, its hard to pretend they’re student athletes, right?

    I for one think transfer rules are good. Some folks get mad at anything that prevents CFB from being a full on NFL minor league, so they’ll argue against it and compare it to slavery, etc.

  4. tigersdawgs says: Jun 17, 2014 5:33 PM

    Wasn’t Jay Prosch allowed to play after basically the same thing???

  5. liverpoolred04 says: Jun 17, 2014 7:39 PM

    Different situation than Jay, it was his mother

  6. gatiger says: Jun 18, 2014 10:13 AM

    If he is transferring to be closer to his ailing Grandparents, then Red Shirting may be the best thing for him.

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