Kentan Facey Could Face Stiff Penalty for Being a Good Student Who 'Graduated' Twice
According to this blog, which is written by a man who used to be a compliance officer at NCAA Division 1 schools, Facey could have to sit out two years, plus one year as a redshirt, because he may have graduated from high school in Jamaica before moving to Long Island. Jamaica utilizes a British-style education system in which kids graduate earlier than in America via an exam.
According to the NCAA's delayed enrollment rule, athletes are given a one-year grace period after their actual or expected graduation to continue competing without penalty. After that, they are charged one season of competition for each year they competed, plus they must serve a year in "residence" (i.e., as a redshirt).
By the letter of the law, that could mean Facey -- who attended Long Island Lutheran after graduating in Jamaica -- could have to sit out two years, plus one as a redshirt.
But UConn appears to be working with the NCAA on negotiating a much lesser penalty, most likely one that allows him to play right away and have three years of eligibility. That would still seem a bit unfair to Facey, a good student and good kid, but it would be much better than the alternative.
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