INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The NCAA has informed the University of Richmond that the Legislative Council Subcommittee for Legislative Relief denied the school’s appeal for a one-time transfer exception for football student-athlete Michael Rocco.
NCAA bylaws require two seasons of remaining eligibility in order for a student-athlete to play immediately when transferring from the Football Bowl Subdivision to the Football Championship Subdivision. Rocco, a transfer from the University of Virginia, has one season of eligibility remaining and is on track to graduate in four years. He is currently enrolled at Richmond as a transfer in residence.
“While we are disappointed with the NCAA’s decision, we are ready to move on,” said head football coach Danny Rocco. “Michael will continue to practice and be an important contributor as we prepare for the 2013 season, while earning his degree from Richmond. We look forward to having him eligible to compete during the 2014 season.”
Michael Rocco, a quarterback, can continue to participate in practice sessions throughout the 2013 season, and will have one year of eligibility remaining for the 2014 season.