Washington forward Jernard Jarreau is not currently qualified to receive a sixth-year eligibility waiver from the NCAA, despite his injury in Sunday night’s opener..
His chances of being qualified in the future are low.
Jarreau would have to miss two full seasons of competition because of circumstances out of his control in order to be eligible for a hardship waiver that would grant him a sixth year of eligibility. Right now, that seems unlikely.
Jarreau tore the ACL in his right knee during Sunday night’s opener against Seattle University. He is out for the year.
That counts as his first lost year because of circumstances that are deemed out of his control.
When Jarreau redshirted in 2011-12, that was a season missed because of choice. In other words, circumstances under his control. It does not apply toward eligibility for a sixth year.
The only way Jarreau becomes eligible for the sixth-year waiver is if he misses another full season of competition, in addition to this year, because of circumstances out of his control, according to the University of Washington compliance office and NCAA bylaws.
For instance, if Jarreau misses more than 70 percent of competitions in two seasons because of this knee injury, he would become eligible to apply for a waiver. If there were other financial or personal circumstances (something life-threatening for him or a relative, a natural disaster, etc.) that caused him to leave school for a year in the future and miss more than 70 percent of competition, he would become eligible because he would have lost two seasons of competition for reasons beyond his control.
Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar expects Jarreau to be recovered next year, however.
“I don’t see any reason why Jernard won’t come back and be ready not only for the beginning of the season but the beginning of practice,” Romar said.
In that case, Jarreau’s eligibility will not change and this will simply be a lost year.
Washington will still apply this winter for a medical hardship waiver through the Pac-12 Conference for this season in order to document Jarreau’s one lost year.
Within the next two years — because it has to be inside a five-year period of eligibility — Jarreau, a redshirt sophomore, would have to miss another full season of competition for a reason beyond his control to qualify for a sixth year.
In a nutshell, Jarreau’s eligibility is unchanged right now after his injury and has a very low chance of changing in the future.
Here is the bylaw language from the NCAA regarding sixth years:
NCAA Bylaw 30.6.1 – Waiver Criteria
A waiver of the five-year period of eligibility is designed to provide a student-athlete with the opportunity to participate in four seasons of intercollegiate competition within a five-year period. This waiver may be granted, based upon objective evidence, for reasons that are beyond the control of the student-athlete or the institution, which deprive the student-athlete of the opportunity to participate for more than one season in his/her sport within the five-year period. The Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement reserves the right to review requests that do not meet the more-than-one-year criteria detailed in this bylaw for circumstances of extraordinary or extreme hardship. A student-athlete who has exhausted his or her five years of eligibility may continue to practice (but not compete) for a maximum of 30 consecutive calendar days, provided the student-athlete’s institution has filed such a request. Further, if such a request is denied prior to exhausting the 30 day practice period, the student-athlete must cease all practice activities upon the institution’s notification of the denial.
NCAA Bylaw 22.214.171.124 – Circumstances Beyond Control
Circumstances considered to be beyond the control of the student-athlete or the institution and do not cause a participation opportunity to be used shall include, but are not limited to, the following:
(a) Situations clearly supported by contemporaneous medical documentation, which states that a student-athlete is unable to participate in intercollegiate competition as a result of incapacitating physical or mental circumstances;
(b) The student-athlete is unable to participate in intercollegiate athletics as a result of a life-threatening or incapacitating injury or illness suffered by a member of the student-athlete’s immediate family, which clearly is supported by contemporaneous medical documentation;
(c) Reliance by the student-athlete upon written, contemporaneous, clearly erroneous academic advice provided to the student-athlete from a specific academic authority from a collegiate institution regarding the academic status of the student-athlete or prospective student-athlete, which directly leads to that individual not being eligible to participate and, but for the clearly erroneous advice, the student-athlete would have established eligibility for intercollegiate competition;
(d) Natural disasters (e.g., earthquakes, flood); and
(e) Extreme financial difficulties as a result of a specific event (e.g. layoff, death in the family) experienced by the student-athlete or by an individual upon whom the student-athlete is legally dependent, which must prohibit the student-athlete from participating in intercollegiate athletics. These circumstances must be clearly supported by objective documentation (e.g., decree of bankruptcy, proof of termination) and must be beyond the control of the student-athlete or the individual upon whom the student-athlete is legally dependent.
NCAA Bylaw 126.96.36.199 – Circumstances Within Control
Circumstances that are considered to be within the control of the student-athlete or the institution and cause a participation opportunity to be used include, but are not limited to, the following:
(a) A student-athlete’s decision to attend an institution that does not sponsor his/her sport, or decides not to participate at an institution that does sponsor his/her sport;
(b) An inability to participate due to failure to meet institutional/conference or NCAA academic requirements, or disciplinary reasons or incarceration culminating in or resulting from a conviction;
(c) Reliance by a student-athlete upon misinformation from a coaching staff member;
(d) Redshirt year;
(e) An inability to participate as a result of a transfer year in residence or fulfilling a condition for restoration eligibility; and
(f) A student-athlete’s lack of understanding regarding the specific starting date of his or her five-year period of eligibility.