The NCAA denied Rutgers football’s eligibility appeal

The NCAA denied Rutgers football’s eligibility appeal

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PISCATAWAY – The NCAA has denied Rutgers linebacker Drew Singleton’s appeal for reinstatement, coach Greg Schiano said.

Schiano said the program will make one last effort, but is disappointed with the decision.

The issue stems from Singleton’s decision to play in the Gator Bowl in December. The Scarlet Knights received a late invitation to Texas A&M and had just eight days to prepare.

Singleton, who had already declared for the NFL draft and hired an agent, suffered an injury in the game that cut short his draft preparation. The former Paramus Catholic star participated in the pro day.

Singleton wanted to return to Rutgers to pursue his master’s degree while using his senior year to play for the Scarlet Knights.

“Guys want to play in ball games,” Schiano said. “I don’t know, a lot of teams accept a bowl game on eight days’ notice, have two practices and play. I don’t think so. A draft-eligible player comes back to play and a very special player for me. Unfortunately, he’s hurt. I’m just struggling. I think it’s an aggravating circumstance.”

September 4, 2021;  Piscataway, New Jersey, USA;  Rutgers Scarlet Knights linebacker Drew Singleton (11) celebrates a defensive stop against the Temple Owls at SHI Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchetta-USA Today Sports

Schiano said he previously received training expenses from his agent for Singleton, but returned the money when he decided to return to Rutgers.

Singleton has been with the team through training camp as a volunteer coach.

“I understand the whole amateur rule,” Schiano said. But eight days notice? That makes things worse. I’m not sure how to describe that. The team is ready to go, they said they took a plane during the second largest outbreak of COVID and that does not make things worse. i don’t understand . that”

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