There might finally be an end in sight with Drew Ott's ongoing case with the NCAA
No, the NCAA still hasn’t issued a ruling on Drew Ott’s appeal for a medical redshirt. Yes, it’s ridiculous and no, nobody is sure what the NCAA will decide.
But there could be a resolution soon.
At least that’s reportedly what members of Ott’s camp told draftinsider.net’s Tony Pauline at Iowa’s pro day. According to his report, Ott is prepared to declare for the NFL draft officially if the NCAA hasn’t given him a ruling in two weeks.
Kirk Ferentz also estimated that Ott’s resolution should be near.
“I think probably within weeks here,” Ferentz said at a press conference on Tuesday. “The clock is kind of ticking a little bit too because the NFL people are at some point going to make a move, too.”
Ott’s case has been an ongoing one since he filed paperwork four months ago to receive a medical redshirt and return to Iowa City for his fifth year. He never redshirted and after playing at full strength for just two games, Ott is still seeking one more year in college.
The issue was that Ott suffered a Week 2 shoulder injury and played several games on limited snaps, which pushed him over the 30-percent mark for a possible redshirt.
With his situation hanging in the balance, Ott couldn’t hire an agent. He still competed at the combine, met with NFL teams and was measured but didn’t participate in Iowa’s pro day.
He did all of that while still trying to recover from the ACL tear that sidelined him for the majority of 2015.
“He’s doing a great job and working hard. I saw him this morning. He’s in training. He’s doing more and more each day,” Ferentz said. “The good news for him, he’s got a good future whichever direction it goes. Several of the guys mentioned him yesterday. They’ve got him on their radar certainly.
“So the question they have, do we use a draft pick? Do we try to get him as a free agent, that type of thing? I think he’s a great investment. A heck of a football player and heck of a leader. If we get him back, that would add current leadership as well as a really good football player. But it could go either way, and we’re going to wish him well no matter what happens here.”
Ferentz, who refused to blame the NCAA, did add that Iowa got some encouraging news about a couple of cases similar to Ott’s. Houston quarterback Case Keenum got a sixth year from the NCAA after undergoing a season-ending injury in his fifth year with the program. He, however, only played in 25 percent of his team’s games.
Ferentz also referenced a similar case involving a Temple basketball player, who received a medical redshirt. To Ferentz, that was positive news.
Will Ott get similar treatment? That remains to be seen. At the very least, all previously non-existent signs point to this thing being resolved by the first week of April.