Originally written on The Victory Formation  |  Last updated 7/31/13
Yesterday a decision was made by the NCAA making star recruit Eddie Vanderdoes eligible to play for UCLA this fall. If you’ll recall Vanderdoes had originally committed to Notre Dame, only to back off his commitment after signing his Letter of Intent. After informing the school of his decision, they refused to release him from his LOI.  Under normal NCAA transfer rules, he would have to sit out a year before transferring anywhere AND lose an year eligibility. With the decision in, Brian Kelly responded, “While I disagree with yesterday’s decision by the NCAA National Letter of Intent Appeals Committee to reverse its original ruling and grant Eddie Vanderdoes a complete release from his NLI, I understand and respect the entire appeal process…However, this result does not change my opinion concerning the importance of protecting the integrity of the NLI program, nor will it change our approach to the process going forward.” Vanderdoes appealed this transfer to the NCAA, claiming that it was family illness that led him to this decision. For several years the NCAA has allowed immediate transfers under those circumstances.
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