Marcus Carr’s appeal to be eligible to play immediately for the Minnesota Gophers has been denied by the NCAA. Raise your hand if you’re shocked by this news.* This is the second time the waiver request that the U filed on Carr’s behalf has been turned down. The news was reported last night by multiple local and national media members, including the STrib’s Marcus Fuller:
Did just confirm Pittsburgh transfer Marcus Carr had his appeal denied for waiver to play this season. Sophomore guard will be eligible in 2019-20 season for #Gophers.— Marcus R. Fuller (@Marcus_R_Fuller) November 15, 2018
Carr came to Minnesota from Pittsburgh following the firing of head coach Kevin Stallings. Last season he averaged 10 points and 4 assists while starting at guard in 27 games for Pitt. The decision denies Minnesota some additional depth in the backcourt, but may also help maintain a balance in terms of recruiting classes.
Whether or not you think the outcome is a net negative for Minnesota or not, the secondary story here is how the NCAA continues to be completely arbitrary and nonsensical in how it approaches the approval of transfer waivers. That’s certainly the angle that national college basketball personalities have focused on:
An absurd, unjustifiable ruling by the NCAA on Minnesota’s Marcus Carr. “Student-Athlete welfare” is a meaningless term. Forcing Carr to sit out benefits no one, just hurts an unpaid student. What a joke. https://t.co/Hrv4ST4Dng— Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) November 15, 2018
I’m amazed by the waiver decisions that r made by the @NCAA / zero logic occurs / one player has a story & it is accepted but yet a kid like MARCUS CARR with legit reason @GoldenGophers is denied / goes to Pitt to play for Kevin Stallings & he gets fired ! NCAA denies appeal.— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) November 15, 2018
At the end of the day, the NCAA is always gonna NCAA. We’ll just have to see how big of an impact their unpredictability has on the Gophers.