So…after months of speculation as to whether or not the NCAA would grant a transfer waiver to Olivier Sarr, it may have already happened.
BBN FYI the @NCAA has cleared OLIVIER SARR about 2 months ago to be eligible to play but the holdup is that the @SEC must grant a waiver due to a rule they have that states if a player that transfers has 1 yr of eligibility he must sit out . However the SEC can grant a waiver .
— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) September 23, 2020
Larry Vaught says he’s heard the same, so maybe the NCAA really has ruled Sarr eligible, though it’s a little hard to believe that, if the NCAA did make a decision two months ago, it’s taken two months (and counting) for the SEC to make a decision.
Yes, Sarr technically shouldn’t be eligible next season based on the SEC transfer rules, which include the requirement of non-grad transfers to have two seasons left of eligibility to be eligible to play in the league (which seems like a really archaic rule that doesn’t accomplish anything good).
But I find it hard to believe that the combination of John Calipari, Mitch Barnhart, Sandy Bell and DeWayne Peevy (before he left for DePaul in August) didn’t have a good idea of how the SEC would rule this decision when they took a commitment from Sarr. My guess is they felt very confident they’d get a waiver from the SEC when Sarr committed not long after he announced he was leaving Wake Forest, or else they would have explored other options.
Whatever the case is, spending the entire summer wondering about Sarr getting a waiver from the NCAA, only to learn the waiver was granted months ago, feels like the most 2020 thing ever.
Now…we just keep waiting.