Some will call this karmic justice for the player, but we’ll just chalk it up to the maddening vagaries of The Association’s decision-making process.
In August of this year, a month after entering the NCAA transfer database, Brian Edwards completed his move from Florida to Central Michigan. At the time, it was confirmed that the defensive back would be pursuing a waiver that would give him immediate eligibility at CMU if granted; Tuesday, according to the university’s student newspaper, that appeal has been denied.
All hope is not lost, however, as the player will appeal the NCAA’s initial decision. It’s unclear how long that process will take.
In May, Edwards was arrested for battery of his girlfriend, but those charges were dropped in late June due to insufficient evidence as the alleged victim declined to cooperate with the state’s attorney office.
Edwards, a three-star 2017 signee, has played in 18 games the past two seasons. At the time of his portal entry, the cornerback had been passed on the depth chart by a true freshman during spring practice and did not appear in line for significant playing time this coming season with the Gators.