Post by commissioner on Aug 30, 2019 9:35:15 GMT -6
The Titans have appealed this. I'm always skeptical that you'll win an appeal to the NCAA, but this would seem about as good a case as you might have.
Two Titans dropped out of school last summer: Jermaine Jackson, Jr. and his best friend, Jack Ballantyne. They left after Jackson's father, an assistant coach who recruited Ballantyne as well as, obviously, his son, was passed over for the top job when the Titans hired Mike Davis at the beginning of July. Both were in good academic standing when they dropped out. Had they transferred immediately to another school, as both were eligible to do, the Titans' would not have an APR penalty. Instead, they both took year off, working as assistant coaches for Jackson Sr. at one of those "prep" academies. Both have now (reportedly) enrolled on scholarship at Long Island University.
Given the termination of Jermaine Jackson, Sr.'s employment as assistant coach and the relatively late date on which that occured (reducing transfer opportunities), and the fact that both were in good academic standing when they left, if they do then re-enroll in an NCAA institution, that's a pretty good case for an appeal. After all, the purpose of APR is to make sure that schools are not recruiting kids who can't hack it academically at the institution. Rumor is that NCAA is waiting for verification from Long Island that they have officially enrolled. Classes don't begin at LIU until after Labor Day.
My guess is the safe one--the penalty stands. But I wouldn't bank on it just yet.