Purvis not in attendance on first day of class
Posted August 16, 2012
Raleigh, N.C. — Classes started for North Carolina State University Thursday but incoming basketball player Rodney Purvis was not in attendance.
Purvis is not permitted to attend classes until he receives clearance from the NCAA eligibility center.
“We are working on it. His status is still under review,” NC State Executive Senior Associate Athletic Director Chris Kingston told WRAL Thursday.
The NCAA is giving an "extended review" to Purvis' high school since his class is the first to graduate from Upper Room Christian Academy.
The NCAA requires that student-athletes pass 16 core courses in high school. If the NCAA rules that Upper Room did not provide all of the 16 core courses, Purvis would not receive his NCAA clearance. NC State could then ask for an initial-eligibility waiver on Purvis' behalf. A committee, made up of representatives from Division one and two schools, would hear the appeal. They could partially approve the waiver (allowing a student-athlete to receive aid or receive aid and practice), fully approve it or deny it.
Student-athletes can practice and receive athletic aid while initial-eligibility waiver requests are pending, subject to some restrictions.