MILWAUKEE -- In the state of Wisconsin, the NCAA's graduate transfer rule will always be known as the Russell Wilson rule.
The former University of Wisconsin quarterback made perfect use of the rule, which allows student-athletes who have earned a degree to transfer to another institution and play immediately if their current school doesn't offer the graduate program they are enrolling in. Wilson transferred from North Carolina State and made the transition look incredibly easy, leading Wisconsin to the Rose Bowl and setting himself up for future NFL success.
When Trent Lockett used the rule to his advantage in order to transfer from Arizona State to Marquette to be closer to his cancer-stricken mother, the Golden Valley, Minn., native wasn't aided by the fact Wilson was fresh in the minds of fans in his new state.
Jumping into an entirely new environment is challenging enough, but Lockett arrived with high expectations possibly unfair expectations.
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