Re: Evan Battey

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Posted by NCAA and Posters on this Board are the Dark Side on February 12, 2018 at 10:11:03:

In Reply to: Evan Battey posted by Ballinboy on February 12, 2018 at 08:11:22:

: Wasnít aware he was ruled ineligible for his entire freshman year at Colorado because he was held back & didnít graduate in 4 years lulz Funny thing is, he was also ruled out for the same exact thing while he was at Villa Park. Wonder if heíll ever get his academics in order if not, he can always sign with the BBB developmental league haha

You folks have no idea what you're talking about. Battey had trouble in the 9th grade and had to repeat that year (not a holdback...he had to repeat a year of HIGH SCHOOL) due to family issues at the time. He then proceeded to get all of his academics in order and unbelievably, the NCAA refused to grant him a waiver, even though he was fully academically qualified.

Why? Because the NCAA are idiots and the waiver committee (which could have allowed him to play) refused to grant him a waiver from the NCAA rule that a student must have graduated high school in four years in order to be academically eligible as a freshman.

Many have criticized the ruling as just wrong and mean spirited. Gary Parrish of CBS Sports wrote an article last October ( at the time of the ruling which focused on two players, Jalen Hayes Oakland University and Battey at Colorado. Here's an excerpt:

"It's been two weeks since the NCAA announced it would not sanction North Carolina even though its student-athletes benefitted from fraudulent classes for nearly two decades. But if you thought the collegiate sports governing body was going to take this month off completely, think again. Because there are basketball players at Oakland and Colorado who must be punished -- even if it fails to pass the test of common sense and decency....

"Total insanity.

"And, believe it or not, Evan Battey's story is maybe even more ridiculous.

"'It's a little bit ironic to me with all the things that are going on in college basketball,' Colorado coach Tad Boyle told reporters Thursday when he announced Battey has been ruled ineligible to compete as a freshman. 'North Carolina academic scandal, they lawyer up and fight the NCAA for two years, and they win on a technicality. They get off scot-free. There's an FBI investigation going on. There's four assistant coaches that have been arrested by the FBI. As of today, nothing has happened to those four schools. No ramifications for those sorts of things. But you have a kid who struggled a little bit when he was 13 years old in the classroom due to a lot of personal and family issues he was dealing with at the time, and he gets stuck sitting out this year.'

"As Boyle alluded, Battey needed five years to complete high school -- not because he goofed-off as a senior, skipped classes or anything like that, but because he struggled literally five years ago, at the age of 13, and had to repeat ninth grade. Over time, and with better guidance, the 6-6 forward developed into somebody Boyle said is 'probably more ready academically and athletically to play' as a freshman than any other player he's ever coached. And yet the NCAA declared Battey ineligible, and then denied Colorado's waiver, because he failed ninth grade five years ago, and NCAA rules state that a player must graduate high school in four years if he wants to compete as a freshman.

"'Evan Battey gets punished and North Carolina gets off scot-free,' Boyle said. 'I'm not sure where the justice is in that. That's for other people to decide. But I'm extremely disappointed.'

"As he should be.

"I'll make this simple: The NCAA has a waiver process for a reason, and it should always be used with common-sense and decency. I'm not sure how anybody could disagree with that sentence. And yet there's nothing decent or sensible about the way the NCAA handled the cases of Jalen Hayes and Evan Battey.

"Both should be playing on opening night.

"But neither will.

"And that's wrong, wrong, wrong.

"Bottom line, when you have a system that allows you to punish Hayes and Battey for no good reason but prevents you from sanctioning North Carolina for what some have called the biggest academic fraud case in history, your system is goofy. That's the long and short of it. And if the NCAA can't handle academic cases any better than this, it should maybe do what I've long suggested might be the smartest move and just get out of the academic eligibility business entirely. If the NCAA is going to trust North Carolina and every other school to decide which classes are OK and which classes are not OK, why not also let North Carolina and every other school decide which student-athletes can play and not play?"

And when it comes to Evan Battey, the above posts on this board are even more mean-spirited than they may seem. Not only did the NCAA screw this young man over, but he has also had to deal with a serious health issue this season which likely would have kept him out of games in any event.

This past winter break, Battey suffered from a medical emergency which at the time was though to be a possible stroke, seizure or some other neurological issue that affected the nerves in body. See:

So just one word for ignorant posters here: Lay off Evan Battey. He's had to deal with more adversity in his life than most, certainly more than those who hide behind their computer screens taking pot-shots at a young man who wants nothing more than to get an education and play a sport he loves.

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