Wichita State Shockers

NCAA denies eligibility waiver for WSU baseball player

Wichita State will file an appeal after the NCAA turned down its request for an eligibility waiver for baseball player Chase Simpson.

WSU is attempting to gain immediate eligibility for Simpson, who transferred to WSU from Oklahoma. NCAA rules require athletes to sit out one season after changing schools. Associate athletic director Korey Torgerson said he will file the appeal by Feb. 1 to a committee of adminstrators at schools and conferences. He does not expect to hear a decision until 10 days or more after filing. WSU opens the season on Feb. 15.

NCAA staff members rejected the waiver request, citing the transfer rule and deciding that the circumstances did not warrant an exception. Simpson played last season at OU after walking on. Torgerson, in his report to the NCAA, asked it to allow Simpson a waiver because he walked on and the coach who recruited him, former assistant Tim Tadlock, went to Texas Tech before the 2012 season. He played in 32 games, starting 12. He received his release from Oklahoma in July and in August came to WSU as a walk-on.

Torgerson said the appeals committee may take a closer look at the circumstances than NCAA staff members did. In Torgerson’s report to the NCAA, he cites a proposal from the Southeastern Conference to allow walk-ons one transfer without penalty, on the rationale that they are unfairly punished by being forced to sit out a year as a scholarship athlete is.

“That is why there is an opportunity to appeal, so that the committee can review the facts of the case,” he said. “Which then allows them to determine, although it’s outside of the normal scope of things, that they still have the discretion to approve something.”

Simpson, an infielder from Flower Mound, Texas, is a junior. He played one season at Weatherford (Texas) College before transferring to OU. He hit .250 with two doubles and two triples for the Sooners.