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Who on here speaks the facts and knows the eligibility rule?

 

AA had shoulder and knee surgery - fact.  Much needed and did he do it to duck his competition - have to ask him but he was cleary injured and needed surgery.

 

He's wrestled 3 seasons.  Because he got injured for his 4th does he get a do over (or the 6th year as they call it)?  

 

That's the question and where is it in black and white?  Guess it's not because it's the NCAA and they change as they go along as we know.

 

I'm curious to the b&w answer.

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Ashnault wrestled 2 opens in November his freshman redshirt which were considered 2 scheduled dates and a total of 13 bouts (8 & 5). Neither  qualified against the NCAA schedule since they were Opens. He injured his knee in the 2nd, the Bearcat Open.  The injury kept him off the mat for the remainder of the NCAA season, 3.5 months, and prevented him from possibly wrestling in a varsity bout; i.e. taking the shirt off ala Hall, Lee and Lee. The docs didn't clear him for full workouts until that week (March) which if you note the dates is conference tournament week. He opted to go to the Collegiate Open and take it bout by bout. 

 

Fundamentally, he lost 100% of the season. Loss of + 70% due to the injury is the benchmark when the NCAA considers the medical hardship waiver. Whether its a red shirt or not doesn't matter as long as their was a loss of two seasons of 70% or more scheduled dates. As long as he remained under the supervision of a medical professional, the NCAA can accept a gradual return to play as rehabilitative medical care.  Had the docs cleared him in January to return to full workouts he may not have been granted the waiver.  When you apply for a sixth year hardship waiver, the medical file that must be submitted better be complete and document the medical and rehab plans.

 

Look to football for comparisons and you'll find plenty of 6th year hardship waivers that spent a year off the practice field during their redshirt season due to injury, then lost another year of eligibility due to a second injury.

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Ashnault wrestled 2 opens in November his freshman redshirt which were considered 2 scheduled dates and a total of 13 bouts (8 & 5). Neither qualified against the NCAA schedule since they were Opens. He injured his knee in the 2nd, the Bearcat Open. The injury kept him off the mat for the remainder of the NCAA season, 3.5 months, and prevented him from possibly wrestling in a varsity bout; i.e. taking the shirt off ala Hall, Lee and Lee. The docs didn't clear him for full workouts until that week (March) which if you note the dates is conference tournament week. He opted to go to the Collegiate Open and take it bout by bout.

 

Fundamentally, he lost 100% of the season. Loss of + 70% due to the injury is the benchmark when the NCAA considers the medical hardship waiver. Whether its a red shirt or not doesn't matter as long as their was a loss of two seasons of 70% or more scheduled dates. As long as he remained under the supervision of a medical professional, the NCAA can accept a gradual return to play as rehabilitative medical care. Had the docs cleared him in January to return to full workouts he may not have been granted the waiver. When you apply for a sixth year hardship waiver, the medical file that must be submitted better be complete and document the medical and rehab plans.

 

Look to football for comparisons and you'll find plenty of 6th year hardship waivers that spent a year off the practice field during their redshirt season due to injury, then lost another year of eligibility due to a second injury.

Don’t bother w the idiot from lehigh.

 

Nice bluefin. We broke off a giant yellowfin at the boat last Thursday. Ugh.

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Peoples’ trouble with this is that Ashnault did return his freshman year to wrestle the National Collegiate Open. So, the injury was not in fact season ending. That should have disqualified him from the medical hardship. Unless they’re looking at something different or they’re making subjective decisions. Because objectively he doesn’t fit the criteria for a sixth year. The NCAA needs to be more transparent when granting these apparent exceptions to its own rules.

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Below is an NCAA Case Study offered as an interpretation, It is almost identical Ashnault's situation.

 

Just to refresh the background....

  • In his first year, Rutgers had a scheduled dual meet against Hofstra to start the "season".  Ashnault did not participate, he went to the Clarion Open..
  • The following week Rutgers participated in the Binghamton Open. He did not participate, instead he went to the Jonathan Kaloust Bearcat Open.
  • Rutgers last scheduled dual meet of the season was against Drexel on February 21.
  • 2 Opens, no scheduled meets. 
  • Off the mat for 3.5 months.

The key to this this rule interpretation is ...did he participate .....in season ....or.... post season ?........ 

 

NCAA Medical Hardship Waiver Case Study No. 2

Injury in First Half of Season

Wrestling SA is injured in his final season of participation.The institution is unsure whether the doctor will clear him to wrestle before the end of the season; however, the SA feels his injury is improving. He would like to compete unattached in an open meet to “test” his injury. If that goes well, he likely will be cleared to compete at the conference meet. If it doesn’t, the institution will submit a hardship waiver.

 

• SA will not qualify for a hardship waiver if he engages in any outside competition during the second half of the institution’s traditional season, including competition while not representing the institution.

  • Officially, and in the eyes of the Big Ten, Rutgers and Ashnault's season ended on February 21.
  • Ashnault wrestled and won the Collegiate Open.on March 3 - post season
  • Note the shoulder injury occurred after the 16/17 season so it is considered a final year injury.

The Big Ten considers conference tournaments and the Championship as post season events, not just in wrestling, all sports. Wrestling in March after the close of the season on Feb 21 did not disqualify the waiver application and his first season was accepted as his first injury year.

 

BTW, this was a Big Ten Conference decision, not one from NCAA.

 

The NCAA amended the Medical Hardship Waiver rule back in 2007.  Chad Hawley, the Big Ten's assistant commissioner for compliance at the time stated,  "If the idea is for student-athletes to have four full seasons of competition while they're in college, the thought was that 30 (percent) gets a student-athlete closer to fulfilling the idea of full participation."

 

It pretty clear, the NCAA and The B1G wants student athletes to get there full 4 years of competition.

Edited by RYouAskinMe

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