NCAA rules Hazelton has no homecoming
When wide receiver Vidal Hazelton left USC under the pretense of needing to be closer to home and his ailing grandfather, the hope was that the NCAA would find it in their hearts to allow him immediate participation at the new school of choice, without having to sit out the mandatory waiting period of one year for transfer students. His request for immediate eligibility has been denied, with the NCAA finding conflict between the geographical location of his new home and the reasoning behind the waiver request.
During Hazelton’s search for a new program, I felt Tennessee may have been the perfect fit. His grandfather, diagnosed with cancer, lives in Georgia, which shortens the distance between them. Also, the introduction of Lane Kiffin as the Vols new head coach would give him familiarity with the new staff. But instead, he chose Cincinnati, which doesn’t place him in close proximity to the ailing relative.
“[Cincinnati coach Brian] Kelly said that the NCAA determined “the level of care that he was going to be able to provide on a weekly or monthly basis was not there.”–Enquirer
There’s still speculation that Hazelton transferred out of Southern California due to the lack of playing time. He was plagued by injuries that left him sidelined and allowed others to star at the position. A healthy Vidal Hazelton can be a great offensive weapon, and I continue to wish the best for him and his grandfather.
If Hazelton can present a strong enough case, Bearcat coach Brian Kelly is willing to appeal today’s decision.