NCAA upholds denial of Luke Ford's appeal request following transfer to Illinois
The NCAA has made its final decision, Luke Ford must sit out the 2019 college football season after transferring closer to home.
The former All-American high school prospect signed and played for Georgia last season but after his grandparent’s health decorticated, Ford left the Bulldogs this offseason and transferred back to his in-state school, Illinois. The NCAA denied his original waiver to be eligible to play in 2019, and on Friday, officially denied his appeal of that decision — making the original decision final.
Illinois announced the NCAA’s decision by releasing the following statement on Ford’s status: “No further appeal is available and the decision is final and binding.”
Ford was rated as the nation’s No. 51 overall prospect and the No. 3 tight end in the 2018 recruiting cycle. Following the NCAA’s decision to deny Ford’s original waiver request, Georgia fans helped a campaign called “Free Luke Ford” trend online but those efforts proved to be in vain following the NCAA’s latest decision.