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Vince Marrow hopes NCAA does right thing and grants waiver so Xavier Peters can play this year

Xavier Peters posted this on Twitter to announce his transfer to Kentucky.

By LARRY VAUGHT

He’s not counting on Florida State transfer Xavier Peters obtaining a waiver from the NCAA that will allow him to play at Kentucky this season, but UK recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow believes he has a compelling case for immediate eligibility.

Peters verbally committed to Kentucky as other former Lakota West (Ohio) High School players had previously done. However, after playing in the Under Armour High School All-America Game he flipped to Florida State after being committed to UK for just over a year.

He played in two games as a true freshman at Florida State before deciding to transfer closer to home so he could spend more time with his young son. That’s why Marrow hopes the NCAA shows compassion to Peters like it has others and lets him play rather than making him sit out the entire 2019 season as a transfer.

“He was really missing his kid and wanted to get closer to home,” Marrow said.

Marrow admits some athletes have received waivers for immediate eligibility that puzzled him.

“I still can’t see how some did get waivers, but if I was at the NCAA and a guy really wants to be a father, especially speaking as an African-American man, I would like to see him get that opportunity,” Marrow said. “Obviously we would like to have him but mainly I would like to see him get it (the waiver) being a young African-American father who wants to be around his kid.

“He ain’t seen his kid in a long time. His son’s birthday fell during the season and he said he would not see him even on birthdays until he was 4 or 5 years old if he was at Florida State and would not be able to celebrate that with him. He missed being part of that.

“This is something where you do the right thing for a young man who wants to be with his kid.”

Marrow says he sees too many cases where “young kids” want to get “away from where their roots are” to have fun rather than accept responsibility like Peters has chosen to do.

“He really was missing his kid and you have to admire that. Whether he went here, Cincinnati, Ohio State, he just wanted to get back to his son and do the right thing,” Marrow said.

Now he has to wait and see if the NCAA will do the “right” thing and let him play this year.

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  1. If his petition is turned down by the NCAA, are they required to give a specific reason? If not, and they approved a similar situation for anyone else, it would seem that a legal law suit would be appropriate for discrimination???

    1. I don’t think they have to give a reason. Might be wrong

  2. If that is the case Larry, then a law suit for discrimination should difinitely be filed by the player, if turned down. If he sat out the entire year, and they dared mess with his eligibility, it would appear he would have them exactly where they need to be, answerable for their decision… and he is potenially going to make a lot of jury awarded money, while opening pandora ‘s box for all the other incidents of discrimination to have there day in court. No HONEST organization should be allowed to operate with such unaccountable standards. The NCAA ‘s disgraceful stock answer that they don’t have the resources to properly police all the problems presented them is so laughable when matched up with all the money they take in and pay themselves, it is sicking. The NCAA is so much like all the other supposed KINGS running around with no clothes on and NO ONE calling them out.

  1. […] him get it (the waiver) being a young African-American father who wants to be around his kid,” Vince Marrow told Larry Vaught. “He really was missing his kid and you have to admire that. Whether he went here, Cincinnati, […]

  2. […] him get it (the waiver) being a young African-American father who wants to be around his kid,” Vince Marrow told Larry Vaught. “He really was missing his kid and you have to admire that. Whether he went here, Cincinnati, […]

  3. […] him get it (the waiver) being a young African-American father who wants to be around his kid,” Vince Marrow told Larry Vaught. “He really was missing his kid and you have to admire that. Whether he went here, Cincinnati, […]

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