[Update] Purvis cleared to attend class, Eligibility still pending

Rodney Purvis has had to find a lot of ways to kill time recently.

[Update 10:15am]:

Joe Giglio‏@jwgiglio – N.C. State freshman guard Rodney Purvis has been cleared by the NCAA to attend class, but his 2012-13 eligibility is still under review

[Original Post]:

Rodney Purvis is closing in on his first full week of the fall semester and has still yet to attend a class, courtesy of the NCAA and Upper Room Academy.  The tension amongst we in the interweb fan blogosphere is palpable.  I can only imagine how Rodney must feel.

The N&O’s Caulton Tudor feels the NCAA should pick up the pace on the Rodney Purvis fiasco.

It’s not that N.C. State’s basketball program or its 2012-13 season hinges entirely on the NCAA’s ruling on the player’s academic qualifications.

Purvis, a guard from Raleigh’s Upper Room Christian Academy, could be the best freshman in the ACC. But whether he turns out to good, bad or average, the Wolfpack should have enough talent and experience to contend for the league title and a favorable NCAA Tournament seed.

The important issues in the matter are Purvis’ peace of mind and ability to make a sound decision regarding his future if the clearinghouse says he’s ineligible.

As of now, Purvis is not enrolled in school and probably won’t be until the NCAA finishes its review of Upper Room Christian Academy’s academic status.


Additionally, a tweet yesterday from PackPride read as follows:

Pack Pride ‏@PackPride – MG: “It’s my understanding that we will learn something [on Purvis] in the next day or two.”

Good Luck to you Rodney.  Hopefully you can see the inside of classroom before the week is out.  We’re all behind you.

And keep your fingers crossed Wolfpack Nation.

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33 Responses to [Update] Purvis cleared to attend class, Eligibility still pending

  1. packof81 08/21/2012 at 9:01 AM #

    I smell the rotten stench of tarholery.

  2. coach13 08/21/2012 at 9:12 AM #

    They should allow him to attend clas on the odds of being cleared so he doesn’t fall weeks behind. This is pretty shotty on the NCAA’s behalf. If he’s not clear then say so. How f’ing hard can it be to determine if 1 friggin kid is eligible?

  3. Red_Terrors 08/21/2012 at 9:15 AM #

    I agree coach. That’s the biggest problem for me. While the NCAA is dorking around, this kid is missing out on classes, and ultimately his education.

  4. HPWolf 08/21/2012 at 9:16 AM #

    ^I agree, this is absolute BS and reeks of underhanded involvement by one UNC prick on the NCAA staff. I may be wrong but I don’t think we should be naïve either.

  5. Wufpacker 08/21/2012 at 9:33 AM #

    As a good friend gently reminded me recently, don’t attribute to malice what is easily explained by incompetence. ‘Nuff said.

    Even best case scenario sucks for Rodney, as he will be playing catchup in class from the start. Agree with Tudor that worst case scenario doesn’t totally derail our season, but talk of being a darkhorse for a number one seed would suddenly sound a bit more silly.

  6. JeremyH 08/21/2012 at 9:38 AM #

    How many times did we sit in on classes that we were not registered for but were considering registering for, during the first weeks of classes? Go to class Rodney, you won’t be breaking any rules. If not, get recordings from your peers. Plenty to keep you busy, bud.

  7. JeremyH 08/21/2012 at 9:39 AM #

    And at least the classes he isn’t attending are not made up classes.

  8. Khan 08/21/2012 at 9:56 AM #

    I would imagine that if there’s any chance at all that he will eventually be cleared, they already know what classes he’ll be attending AND he’s probably already gotten the materials for those classes AND he’s probably getting also getting instruction in some form or another for said classes.

    Now whether that is legal/appropriate/compliant/whatever, that is another matter altogether, I would guess. Bottom line is, if he is eventually cleared, I doubt he’ll be grossly behind.

  9. Wufpacker 08/21/2012 at 10:00 AM #

    Cleared to go to class now at least. Getting closer:

    “Joe Giglio‏@jwgiglio – N.C. State freshman guard Rodney Purvis has been cleared by the NCAA to attend class, but his 2012-13 eligibility is still under review”

  10. Pack Leader 08/21/2012 at 10:01 AM #

    Word is NCAA will allow him to attend classes starting today, but his status is still be reviewed… I want to believe that is good news, but at this point I am not sure.

    Yesterday afternoon 99.9 (Adam & Joe) were discussing the Purvis situation, and they hit the nail on the head. Normally the NCAA will warn a student who is going to attend a high school that they believe will cause issues with qualification. Problem is nobody from the NCAA ever mentioned this to the Purvis family, or the school for that matter. From what I’ve heard, its exactly the opposite. Upper Room was assured they would be granted NCAA acceptable status so they could keep Rodney in their school for 10th,11th & 12th grade. NOW the NCAA has decided they arnt sure about that.

    So why is this an NCAA issue?? If the university wants to admit the student, I never understood the issue. Its the individal institutions resposiblility for controling their admissions and thus controling its academic reputation. If he qualifies to attend State as a regular student, why is it the NCAAs job to regulate that? I can more than understand regulating grades and progress once the student athelete is inrolled in college, but it is not their job to say which high school is acceptable or not. Common sence would tell anyone that a less that capable student would flunk out after a semister or two, thus allowing the student to control their educational future.

  11. Wufpacker 08/21/2012 at 10:12 AM #

    ^ I agree in principle regarding initial eligibility. But the member school’s are the ones who basically are the NCAA and sign off on this. It’s certainly gotten out of hand as evidenced by this and many other examples, but there has to be some standard, so to speak, for all schools to follow to at least give the appearance of a level playing field. I think requiring graduation from an accredited HS has to be a minimum, but then you get into the definition of accredited (URCA anyone?), so even that’s a slippery slope.

    The NCAA having specific requirements for core curriculum/classes seems asinine to me, however. WTF business is it of their’s?

  12. fullmoon1 08/21/2012 at 10:16 AM #

    The NCAA is sending a message for us to stop sniffing around. Don’t think the NCAA is not in bed with the unc.

  13. fullmoon1 08/21/2012 at 10:18 AM #

    It’s no coincidence that the best recruiting class in years is facing resistence from the blues in the form of their NCAA jock sniffers.

  14. coach13 08/21/2012 at 10:19 AM #

    Before NCAA approved attending classes, would have loved to have seen Woodson step up and say “Purvis WILL be attending classes at MY university REGARDLESS of the NCAA. We are here to educate first and foremost regardless the outcome of his basketball eligability.”

    Schools have got to be getting sick of the NCAA’s incompetence and ineptness.

  15. ADVENTUROO 08/21/2012 at 10:24 AM #

    I see a lot of helicopters overhead from my secure location within 5 miles of campus….however, have NOT seen any STEALTH or BLACK ones.

    Having said that, I am NOT a conspiracy theorist….

    BUT, the Purvis situation seems a little odd. One does WONDER about the competancy of the NCAA. Maybe they are hiring ex-athletes who have degrees that they did not earn or maybe no degrees and THAT is who is running the hallowed halls in Indy.

    ONE thing is for sure….the NCAA is POWERFUL and RICH. The NCAA has “reserves” approaching a BILLION Dollars. That’s RIGHT….$1,000,000,000. Not some rumor or internet myth. You can Google an NCAA Annual report.

    About $250,000,000 invested in short term reserves such as Money Markets and ST Bonds. The rest in BIG stocks and MF’s.

    NOW, WHY would the NCAA need that type of Reserves and MONEY? I have YET to figure it out. But, having attended post season NCAA BB Tourney’s, the merchandise is about 25% higher than the ACC Toruney stuff.

    Would like a REAL answer as to WHY the NCAA needs that much MONEY? Wonder HOW much the big wigs are getting paid?

  16. Wufpacker 08/21/2012 at 10:28 AM #

    The NCAA doesn’t have the market cornered in incompetence, unfortunately.

  17. sundropdrinker13 08/21/2012 at 10:30 AM #

    “fullmoon1 Says:
    August 21st, 2012 at 10:18 am
    It’s no coincidence that the best recruiting class in years is facing resistence from the blues in the form of their NCAA jock sniffers.”

    What, 2 years? ESPN ranked this class number 10, and the 2010 class number 7.

  18. Prowling Woofie 08/21/2012 at 10:31 AM #

    Once all is said and done, it would be interesting to see how much input Woodson and Yow had in this process, if any.

  19. EasternWakeWolf 08/21/2012 at 10:37 AM #

    I need some clarification on this – RP attended summer school and did very well academically. How did he get in summer school without all of this coming up?
    Since the school is accredited by the State of NC, the NCAA should get their dang nose out of this situation.

  20. JohnGalt78 08/21/2012 at 10:44 AM #

    “Common sense would tell anyone that a less than capable student would flunk out after a semister or two, thus allowing the student to control their educational future”

    Unless, of course, you’re talking about UNC where the “No Student-Athlete Left Behind” program allows less than capable sports studs to get their sheepskin provided they reimburse said program later when they sign big pro contracts (see recent example in today’s N&O).

  21. Wufpacker 08/21/2012 at 10:49 AM #

    ^ Yeah, I had the same thought. Odd move for someone whose FERPA rights were just violated, eh?

  22. wilmwolf80 08/21/2012 at 11:25 AM #

    Forgive my naivete, but is Rodney the only member of his graduating class that is attending college? Or is his situation being singled out because he is a high profile athlete? I’m sure it is the latter, but just wanted to pose the question.

  23. rtpack24 08/21/2012 at 12:09 PM #

    From the basketball side this was a surprise. The staff was concerned that TJ might had some concerns because he had been to so many schools. Hopefully Purvis will be cleared to play soon, he is a great kid and a great player

  24. Wufpacker 08/21/2012 at 12:16 PM #

    Unless there are others of Purvis’ class who are intending to play sports under the NCAA’s umbrella (which I honestly do not know), their situations would not be comparable.

  25. fullmoon1 08/21/2012 at 12:48 PM #

    I do not recall a lot of hype behind the 2010 class. I will stand by my statement that this the most signifigant recruiting class and best in years. If there were better classes, they did not receive thentional attention.

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