WICHITA, Kan. The NCAA this afternoon denied a legislative relief waiver for immediate eligibility for Wichita State men’s basketball transfer Teddy Allen.
What this means for Allen, who transferred from West Virginia ahead of this season, is that he'll have to redshirt one season before joining the roster. That's if the ruling stands. He can practice with the team and cheer the Shockers on from the bench, but he's not eligible to play this season.
Wichita State says it plans to appeal the decision, but "will not issue any further comment, as this is still an ongoing process."
Wichita State appealed to the NCAA this summer to allow Allen to play immediately via a hardship waiver.
Allen lost his mother to cancer the spring before he played at West Virginia last year. Wichita State argued that his support system in Omaha, Nebraska is a lot closer to Wichita than Morgantown, West Virginia and thus he should be in better hands.
If he redshirts, Allen will still have three years of eligibility ahead of him for the Shockers. If WSU wins the appeal, he'll play his sophomore season this year and have two more years of eligibility left.
Allen, one of the top freshman in the Big 12 at West Virginia last year, is expected to provide an immediate spark for the Shockers when he's finally cleared to play.