Sept. 1, 2010
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In an effort to update and provide additional information for fans and alumni, the following timeline details related events beginning with Tuesday morning through the present. This article will be updated throughout the process (All Times Central).
Wednesday, September 1
10:45 am: Ole Miss requests that the appeal of the NCAA staff's decision not to grant Jeremiah Masoli full relief to his waiver be conducted by telephone and that the University be permitted to participate in this appeal.
3:50pm: Ole Miss announces via OleMissSports.com the NCAA’s decision and the subsequent appeal.
12:30 pm: Ole Miss submits appeal letter that outlines reasons for disagreement with the decision.
9:45 am: NCAA representatives call Ole Miss compliance representatives to inform the University of their decision not to allow Jeremiah Masoli to play in the 2010 season. The NCAA notes the student-athlete was unable to participate at the University of Oregon based on his dismissal from the team, which is contrary to the intent of the waiver. They also note that they believe his transfer is not academically motivated, but athletically motivated. The NCAA informs Ole Miss that an official document would be emailed following the telephone call. The athletics department was then allowed to ask questions about the appeals process and decision details. In an effort to understand why the dismissal from the Oregon team is relevant, Ole Miss noted that the student-athlete’s status on the previous team is not part of the waiver application, therefore not using that information in previous waiver decisions that have been granted. Ole Miss also noted that the athletics deparment was aware of lower-profile, but very similar scenarios where the waiver was granted. Ole Miss was then informed of the appeals process and told that if an appeal is submitted by 1 pm CT, there was a possibility that a review could be completed by Friday, but would take no longer than a week. At the conclusion of that telephone call, the NCAA sent the documentation confirming the decision that was discussed on the call.
We will continue to keep fans updated throughout this process. We are diligently preparing our case in the event that we are granted permission to participate in this appeal. In addition, we have received an immense of calls offering support and additional information. In an effort to streamline this valuable information, we ask that you send information to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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