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Cal transfer gets waiver, eligible to play for Ducks in 2014

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Johnny Ragin, get to Vegas; you’re on a roll.

Shortly after the 2013 season ended, the linebacker transferred from Cal to Oregon. Because he was a transfer to another program in the Pac-12, Ragin would’ve been forced to sit out both the 2014 and 2015 seasons; an appeal for a waiver was successful, however, and lopped that sit-out time in half, making Ragin eligible to play in 2015 after sitting out this season.

For reasons not yet publicly released, Ragin filed yet another appeal for a waiver that would allow him to be immediately eligible in 2014 — and won.

“We got a great piece of news yesterday, Johnny Ragin’s initial eligibility waivers was granted,” head coach Mark Helfrich said according to the Oregonian. “He’s had a great camp.”

Aside from two very successful appeals, how Ragin went from “eligible in 2016” to “eligible in 2014” is unclear — and absolutely awesome given the absurd and arcane nature of the NCAA’s transfer rules.  Getting past the technicalities of his situation, Ragin is a player who can, now with these twin rulings, help the Ducks immediately.

A three-star member of Cal’s 2013 recruiting class, Ragin was rated as the No. 4 player in the state of Oregon. He played in eight games as a true freshman with the Golden Bears.

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2 Responses to “Cal transfer gets waiver, eligible to play for Ducks in 2014”
  1. crazyfootballfun says: Aug 24, 2014 3:34 PM

    what are the possible reasons for this? seriously want to know and i am a Duck fan. Makes no sense, and then to not have the reasons released? i mean, was he abused by Cal or what, because does not seem right.

  2. pkulak says: Aug 25, 2014 1:08 PM

    Well, he’s from Oregon, so he may have had family issues that he needed to be home for. That seems like a perfectly valid reason to change schools, and it would seem reasonable for the NCAA to not make him burn two years.

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