Delic, a defensive tackle who transferred from Kentucky, said he submitted three, three-page letters to the NCAA the first week of August. He was told he would receive a reply by Aug. 17. He received the decision on Monday. An NCAA official said the organization doesn’t comment on waiver requests. Georgia State can appeal, but only if there’s new documentation (i.e. new information) that can be submitted.
Delic said he thinks the NCAA assumed that he was trying to move from one FBS school to another and play immediately, which would violate the rules. Players that transfer from one FBS school to another are required to sit out a year, though there are exceptions. Players that transfer from one FBS school to an FCS are usually immediately eligible.
Georgia State announced they were moving up to FBS in April and are in the first year of a two-year transition. Delic and Georgia State began talking in May. He enrolled for the summer semester. The NCAA approved two other FBS transfers, Theo Agnew and Ronnie Bell, who began talking with Georgia State before the move to the Sun Belt Conference was announced.
Delic said he transferred because Georgia State is an hour away from his home in Tunnel Hill, it’s in-state, and he liked the coaching staff.
“I really wish I could play for them this year,” he said.
Delic suffered a high-ankle sprain in early August that has limited his practice time for the past three weeks. He described it as the most frustrating sprain he has had.
Now that he knows he won’t be playing this year, Delic said he will do his best on the scout team to help his teammates prepare. He will have two years of eligibility with the Panthers, starting next year.
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