The NCAA transfer world is always unpredictable and kind of frustrating for NCAA fans. Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo announced that Marquette Golden Eagle transfer Joey Hauser was denied a waiver to be immediately eligible to play for the Spartans. Izzo expressed his frustration at a press conference.
Tom Izzo told reporters in today’s press conference that Joey Hauser’s waiver was officially denied by the NCAA. Transfer from Marquette.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) November 21, 2019
Izzo summed up his thoughts in one sentence. “Joey did have a strong case, and I am devastated if you want to know the truth.” Michigan State fans took to Twitter and voiced their frustration with Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields being able to play immediately after a transfer, but the Spartans being denied their transfer forward. Joey Hauser and his brother decided in the offseason to transfer away from Marquette. His brother Sam picked the Virginia Cavaliers.
The forward averaged 9.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game in his freshmen season with the Golden Eagles. Michigan State will have three years of eligibility from Hauser starting next year should he choose to use all of them. The Spartans are already the favorites for the NCAA Championship, but some injuries are hampering them. They could of used Hauser’s depth, but will have to get by without him this year.
— SpartanCenter (@SpartanCenterig) November 21, 2019
Michigan State is still holding out hope that they can get some kind of change and get the forward to start 2020. It would be surprising if Hauser is granted eligibility, but weirder things have happened. The NCAA’s lack of transparency or clearly defined rules continues to frustrate coaches, programs, and fans alike.