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Published: Friday, Aug. 6 2010 8:00 p.m. MDT

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Bummer! There's still hope though.


Why dont they give a reason why it was denied, I hope the kid is still able to transfer. He shouldn't have to sit out a year, its not his fault for what happened at usc.

JJ Morales

This is not right. The NCAA is one of the worst organizations, especially NCAA football. What does it hurt to grant the request? I really don't understand the NCAA logic. Hopefully, they change their minds.

Howard S.

Oh snap.

The NCAA never gives mid-major programs a fair break.


This is a joke. The NCAA is inept and uses no common sense.

Howard S.

Why should Uona be granted a waiver?

No sanctions had been placed on USC at the time of his transfer,and he was well aware that the transfer would require him to sit out a year.

This is just a case of BYU trying to circumvent the rules.


Is anybody surprised?


Maybe the issue with the NCAA is because Kaveinga transferred to BYU in January and participated in spring drills. He didn't transfer because of the sanctions.


Makes sense to me, let's mess up a young man's football career because he opted for the transfer 3 months before a waiver wouldn't have been required....

The factual question is: Are USC tranfers allowed to waive the "one year out rule" due to the fact that USC has been placed on probation?.... If anyone of them are allowed to play with the waiver, they all should be able to play with the waiver.... This might be one that Uona or BYU needs to actually take to the courts in order for this dicriminatory finding to be put aside...

I dropped out of Law School at the U and I think that I could even successfully advocate for BYU on this issue.... BYU has an entire law school full of future lawyers who could win this as a homework assignment in between their other studies.

The courts will reverse this if it is escalated to them... mark my words.... You heard it here first.


poyman: Maybe if you didn't drop out of Law School it would make sense to you that he not be granted the waiver and maybe you would also realize that the answer to your "factual question" is lacking a few facts. There were no special circumstances to his transfer other than he transfered from a top program to a team we all cheer for. Wake up and realize the correct decision was made. The kid left with full knowledge that he would have to sit out a year based on his decision. Nobody messed up his career, he voluntarily gave up a year by deciding to transfer to another Division I program.

It's nice to see there are at least a few people so far that understand if you transfer before the sanctions were placed on USC, you are a long-shot at best to not have to sit out a year.


How did you even make it into Law School if you can't see why the kid should not be granted the waiver?

AZ Dave

Put down the Kool-Aid boys and listen to reason.....for once. NCAA is not out to get BYU, you just have to follow the rulls like everyone else does.

Y Grad / Y Dad

Please note, I am hoping the man can play - this year - but I don't think the NCAA is as far off on this as we like to complain, and I don't think it would be an open and shut case if it goes to court.

It's all about choices. Yes, everybody knew ahead of time about the coming sanctions, but nobody knew what they would be. If USC had gotten a slap on the hand, then the waiver may not have been granted at all.

The young man in question was proactive in his decision, but whether the waiver would have been granted or not, he still stransferred ahead of time.

Kinda like the bible parable about the workers who all worked different lengths of the day, yet all got paid the same wage. Except it serves to illustrate both sides of the coin.

Hope it wins on appeal, but this is not the travesty of justice that we might like to think it is.


I don't understand any of this. Less than a year ago Mendenhall determined that once a kid committed to his team he is no longer eligible to look at other teams. He even rescinded a scholarship given to a kid for doing just that. Fast forward five months and now we have Mendenhall petitioning the NCAA on behalf of a player who wants to leave the program he joined to play for the Cougars.

The essence of integrity is being of sound moral principle and acting in accordance with those principles regardless of the circumstance. Ya gotta love Coach Mendenhall...ya just gotta love him.

The courts? Are you kidding poyman...this is about honoring commitments and following the rules. The very principle Mendenhall stands on when he is the beneficiary.

Howard S.

Re: poyman | 12:36 a.m.

Great idea, let's sue.

And while were at it we should sue the PAC 10 for not inviting us to their conference.

Oh and let's also sue the USA Today coaches poll for not ranking us in the pre-season poll.

Yeah, let's sue.

Jacky Blue

Everyone was aware that sanctions were coming in one form or another before he transferred. If the kid transferred because of impending NCAA penalties then he should be granted the waiver

Ernest T. Bass

It was his choice to transfer when he did. At the time he transfered he knew he would have to sit out a year.
After the fact USC was punished and at that time players were given an opportunity to transfer without having to sit out.
Those are the rules. Why should the NCAA change it? The honor code office rarely changes their rules.
Are you suggesting the NCAA play by different rules? Does the HC office go by different rules?
5 tackles in two years.... doesn't sound all that spectacular anyway.


An Arizona fan suggesting that someone should follow the NCAA rules "like everybody else"... oh, that's rich.

How long are you guys on probation again?


Stop stess'n kewgs. The kid wasn't going to save your season.

It's is rather delicious though; You can't get into the PAC and you can't get PAC kids into your program.

Jacky Blue

I was happy that Asiata got a medical waiver to play his eighth year of college football. It was fair to the kid. I think it would be fair to Kaveinga to allow him to play since his transfer was predicated on impending USC sanctions. Why do we have to be so petty when it comes to young men's lives?

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