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With NCAA waiver approved, former Tide recruit can go on scholarship

Elisha Shaw

Tired of all of the arrests and court cases and the like in college football?  Here’s a pretty cool story to lift you spirits.

Elisha Shaw was a three-star defensive tackle in the Class of 2014 who held a scholarship offer from, among others, Alabama and had planned on signing with the Tide this past February.  Unfortunately, a serious neck injury forced him to quit football and give up his dream of playing for Nick Saban.

In a classy gesture, UA decided to honor its scholarship commitment to Shaw.  However, if they did that, NCAA rules stipulate that Shaw would count against the football program’s 85-man scholarship limit even if he didn’t play a single down.

Fortunately for all involved, common sense prevailed as the NCAA recently approved the Tide’s request for a waiver.  In essence, Shaw will be on a non-football scholarship that will not count against the Tide’s 85-man limit.

Shaw addressed the development on his Twitter account Monday:

Bravo to the NCAA for proving his has some (miniscule) semblance of a heart and/or brain.  And kudos to Saban and the Tide for doing the classy thing in the first place by honoring the young man’s scholarship offer.

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6 Responses to “With NCAA waiver approved, former Tide recruit can go on scholarship”
  1. cvilleirish says: Jul 21, 2014 10:32 PM

    I truly cannot believe that I am typing these words, but this is a very sincere Roll Tide! Classy move by all involved.

  2. kaspauf says: Jul 22, 2014 7:52 AM

    You can not be a fan of Bama, Auburn, FSU, UGA etc. but from a standpoint of handling situation, the name on the jersey only matters in sports because this is a great move by the University of Alabama and hope the best for young Mr. Shaw!

  3. dhardy8207 says: Jul 22, 2014 8:23 AM

    Tide fans knew this was in the works a few months back. Right after NSD posted this story information and that Saban had said they would do everything to help this young man.

    Very classy of our athletics department and coach. ROLL TIDE!!

  4. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 22, 2014 12:22 PM

    Very nice story, and as JT put it, it’s a nice punctuation to the seemingly endless barrage of arrest reports this week. 37 days til CFB!

  5. chstr330122 says: Jul 22, 2014 12:57 PM

    From a WVU Mountaineer fan. That is class by Alabama, and thank god the NCAA can see that! Great move.

  6. scbaby2013 says: Jul 22, 2014 1:54 PM

    Very cool. This is the way it should be in order to give the young man an education

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