TUSCALOOSA — Turns out Alabama fans will have to wait another year before seeing dynamic point guard Jahvon Quinerly in crimson.
The university announced today the NCAA has denied its request to grant a waiver for immediate eligibility to Quinerly, a sophomore with three years of eligibility after his offseason transfer from Villanova to Alabama.
“We just received notification from the NCAA that our request for Jahvon Quinerly’s immediate eligibility has been denied," Alabama athletics director Greg Byrne said in a statement Friday afternoon. "We are disappointed in this decision and will be appealing. He and his family have been through a lot, and despite those challenges, Jahvon has done everything he’s been asked since he’s been here.”
Until the appeal is resolved, Quinerly must sit out the 2019-20 season because of undergraduate transfer rules.
Coming out of high school as a five-star point guard, Quinerly was implicated in the much-publicized FBI probe into college basketball after allegedly receiving money from disgraced former Arizona assistant coach Emanuel "Book" Richardson during his recruitment.
Richardson, who was convicted on felony bribery charges and sentenced to three months in prison June 6, allegedly admitted to paying the Quinerlys $10,000 with a promise for $5,000 more if he committed to Arizona, while Quinerly’s mother was reportedly implicated in the probe as well. But as part of his plea deal with the FBI, Richardson's lawyer admitted in court earlier this month that the ex-Wildcats assistant "made it clear" he never paid the Quinerlys while helping in Villanova's vetting process of Quinerly before last season.
Alabama’s hope is that the NCAA takes sympathy on the hardship Quinerly dealt with at Villanova trying to play under the shadow of the FBI investigation still looming last season, as well as Richardson’s admission in court that he never paid the family as reasons for his immediate eligibility.
“Our compliance office thinks he’s got a great case just with being accused and put under the spotlight of all that FBI stuff when their family had nothing to do with it,” first-year Alabama head coach Nate Oats said in June. “It’s unfortunate that somebody else lied about him and put them in a precarious situation that kind of affected his freshman year in a real negative light, and he needed a fresh start. … I think Jahvon’s in a great place, hopefully we get him to play, (but) if not, he’s working hard and we’re going to get him a lot better if he’s not able to play this year. Either way we’ll be alright.”
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