Kentucky and Mark Stoops have reached out to the NCAA to see what their options are of honoring DeAndre Turman, a junior cornerback who died tragically after breaking his neck in practice over the weekend.
By NCAA rules, UK isn’t formally allowed to send out an offer letter to a junior recruit, but in an effort to offer their condolences, Kentucky wants an exception from the NCAA, via Courier-Journal.
“We’re asking for some options on things that we’re allowed to do, whether we could just send — you know, we’re not normally allowed to mail an offer letter to somebody that age. We’d like to do that. Maybe the father would like to have that as a memento.”
Stoops said Kentucky will apply for a waiver from the NCAA, along with sending flowers to Turman’s father.
Stoops believes Kentucky is the first school to officially offer Turman. The NCAA should absolutely allow such a very respectable and honorable gesture by the Wildcats.
Creekside High School’s former head coach Johnny T. White said Turman was one of the best kids he ever coached.
“He was quiet, but always smiling. He had a real good spirit. It was always yes sir, no sir. He enjoyed his team, and he loved his teammates. Just a great kid.”
Such a tragic story involving the game we all love.
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