Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory said Thursday that early enrollee Solomon Poole could play as early as Monday for the Yellow Jackets in their game against Alabama State. His older brother Stacey, a transfer from Kentucky, may have to wait until the Dec. 22 game against the Citadel.
Gregory is waiting for both to be certified, Stacey by the school and Solomon by the NCAA. As a transfer from Kentucky, Stacey Poole must spend an entire academic year in residence at Tech before gaining eligibility to play. He arrived at the start of the 2012 spring term, and the fall term ends Saturday.
“Once the grades come in, then it’s up to compliance and the university, the institution, to certify him,” said Gregory, speaking prior to his team’s practice. “That’s why there’s that lag. Some places, you’re eligible as soon as the finals are over. Some places, you’re not eligible until second semester starts. We’re kind of in the middle.”’
With Solomon Poole, a freshman, he needs to gain clearance from the NCAA. He can start practicing with the team Saturday.
“We’re hoping that comes any day now,” Gregory said. “If it comes before the end of the week, then he would be eligible to play on Monday. If it doesn’t, then he wouldn’t be eligible and we’d just keep waiting until he’s done.”
Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog