A former Michigan offensive lineman is seeking assistance from Twitter after his waiver for immediate eligibility at Cincinnati was denied by the NCAA.
Tuesday, James Hudson, a former Michigan offensive lineman who transferred to Cincinnati, posted a message regarding the status of his waiver. Hudson stated that his waiver for immediate eligibility had been denied by the NCAA despite his decision to transfer for his mental wellness.
Hudson made the message public on Twitter.
“My NCAA waiver got denied. Clearly mental well being isn’t as important as playing time. The stigma is REAL,” Hudson wrote on Twitter.
“The University of Cincinnati filed a waiver for me to be immediately eligible. The NCAA has denied my waiver specifically because I never spoke up about my mental struggles to administration at the University of Michigan.
“Like many football players I was afraid to speak up about my depression not wanting to look weak. Now the NCAA is telling me that my courage to step forward and speak about my issues was done too late and subjectively my ‘Circumstances do not warrant relief.’
“I want to thank my family and firends for their love and support throughout this entire process.”
Hudson decided to transfer following the 2018 regular season at Michigan. He spent two years with the Wolverines, redshirting in 2017 before taking the field in three games last fall.
Hudson is a native of Toledo, Ohio. He was a member of Michigan’s 2017 recruiting class.
The NCAA has come under harsh scrutiny recently for granting waivers from Justin Fields (Ohio State) and Tate Martell (Miami) in what seems to be playing time situations. Players like Hudson, however, have received denial letters from the organization, however.
Illinois tight end Luke Ford found himself in a similar situation, as he transferred from Georgia to Illinois to be closer to family members with health concerns. His eligibility waiver was denied by the NCAA, but he’s no appealing that decision.
Hudson will likely appeal the decision and hopes to get plenty of support in doing so.
— James Hudson III ™ (@__BallisLife2) May 14, 2019