Illinois transfer tight end Luke Ford won’t be eligible to play in the 2019 season. Despite transferring from Georgia to be closer to his grandparents, who have health concerns, the NCAA denied Ford’s initial waiver and his appeal.
That decision has been met with some pretty harsh criticism, even from some of the most notable commentators on the sport.
Sunday morning, FOX college football analyst Joel Klatt chimed in on the NCAA’s decision to keep Ford sidelined for a full year. He put NCAA president Mark Emmert and the organization on blast.
“And Mark Emmert makes multiple million dollars per year,” Klatt wrote on Twitter. “The NCAA is a disgrace.”
And Mark Emmert makes multiple million dollars per year…the NCAA is a disgrace https://t.co/XS2FtcOf4A
— Joel Klatt (@joelklatt) June 9, 2019
Considering Ford’s former teammate, Justin Fields, transferred from Georgia to Ohio State and was granted immediate eligibility, it seemed like a no-brainer that the tight end would receive the same treatment. But, for whatever reason, the NCAA decided against ruling in Ford’s favor.
It was a head-scratching decision by an organization that has lacked consistency in its rulings recently.
Ford will have three years of eligibility but won’t be able to play until the 2020 season. With the NCAA denying the appeal, Ford will have no other opportunities to challenge the organization’s decision.