Report: Joey Gatewood's waiver status may come down to unique agreement between Auburn, Kentucky
Joey Gatewood is just one of many SEC players waiting to hear news from the NCAA about his waiver to play this season. The Kentucky QB and Auburn transfer, though, may have the most unique situation of them all
Rivals’ Travis Graf is reporting that Gatewood, who transferred from in December, has likely been cleared for immediate eligibility by the NCAA, but the matter is now up to SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. Kentucky Sports Radio’s Matt Jones said he has also heard the same.
“I can confirm that report,” Jones said. “That’s what I was hinting at last week. That has been true for a while, that the NCAA (has cleared him) but they’re waiting on the SEC.”
Graf is also reporting that Kentucky has a “gentleman’s agreement” with Auburn that Gatewood will not play on Sept. 26 as a way to show thanks for Auburn’s cooperation with the waiver request. That part was not confirmed but it would be a very interesting turn of events, especially in the SEC, though these teams are not traditional rivals.
Gatewood, who is listed at 6-foot-4 and 221 pounds from Jacksonville, Florida, totaled 176 rushing yards on 32 carries with three touchdowns, and completed 5 of 8 passes for 54 yards and two touchdowns in eight career games for the Tigers.