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Monday / September 25.
  • Lawrence Asking for Hardship Waiver

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    Keon Lawrence could suit up for Seton Hall this season if he obtains a hardship waiver, although that is far from a certainty at this point.

    A Newark, N.J., native, Lawrence transferred from Missouri and is in school at Seton Hall. He’s currenty in the process of working with the school to send in an appeal to the NCAA and there is a chance he could win the appeal.

    Still, it is early in the process and nothing has yet been decided.

    “He liked it out there (at Missouri) and everything,” said Mike Rodgers, an advisor to Lawrence. “It was time to come home. He needed to be home for family situations.”

    Lawrence led the Tigers with 29.2 minutes played last season as a sophomore, appearing in all 32 contests, including 20 starts. He finished as the team’s third-leading scorer with 11 points per game and a team-leading 307 field goal attempts.

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    • Adam, I am not too familiar with this waiver. What exactly is the criteria needed to obtain a hardship waiver? Do you have a ballpark guess as to what Keon’s chances are of getting one? Thanks.

    • Here is the NCAA definition…It’s unclear whether Keon will get one or not. That’s all I know for now. Stay tuned.

      A. “Hardship” is defined by NCAA regulations as “an incapacity resulting from an injury or illness,” provided that certain criteria set forth by NCAA regulations are met. Such incapacity may include a female athlete’s pregnancy. A student-athlete will not be charged with the loss of that season of competition eligibility by the conference or the Academics / Eligibility / Compliance Cabinet if all the following criteria are met:
      1. The incapacitating injury or illness occurs in one of the four seasons of intercollegiate competition at any two-year or four-year collegiate institution or occurs subsequent to the first day of classes in the student-athlete’s senior year of high school;
      2. The injury or illness occurs prior to the completion of the first half of the playing season that concludes with the NCAA championship in that sport and results in incapacity to compete for the remainder of that playing season; and
      3. The injury/illness occurs when the student-athlete has not participated in more than two contests or dates of competition (whichever is applicable to that sport), or 20% (whichever number is greater) of the institution’s scheduled contests or dates of competition in his or her sport. Only scheduled competition (excluding exhibition contests and scrimmages) against outside participants during the playing season that concludes with the NCAA championship, or, if so designated, during the official NCAA championship playing season in that sport (e.g., spring baseball, fall soccer), is countable in calculating the number of contests or dates of competition in which the student-athlete has participated and the number of scheduled contests or dates of competition during that season in the sport.