Florida Official Warns of Legal Action If NCAA Denies Eligibility for Florida State DL Darrell Jackson


Florida Official Warns of Legal Action If NCAA Denies Eligibility for Florida State DL Darrell Jackson

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Florida State defensive lineman Darrell Jackson’s eligibility for the 2023 season has become a point of contention, with Florida Chief Financial Officer and Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis publicly criticizing the NCAA. Patronis drew inspiration from North Carolina wide receiver Tez Walker’s recent success in securing a transfer waiver and immediate eligibility.

In a direct Twitter confrontation with the NCAA, Patronis accused the organization of being “out-of-touch hypocrites” and highlighted the NCAA’s response to antitrust allegations made by North Carolina. He stated, “FSU’s Darrell Jackson must play NOW. We’ll take legal action soon if they don’t reverse course.”

Darrell Jackson’s journey includes transferring from Maryland to Miami in 2022 and then to Florida State in the offseason. However, due to NCAA guidelines limiting eligibility waivers for second-time transfers, Jackson was initially ruled ineligible to play this season. He applied for a hardship waiver, citing his mother’s persistent medical condition as the reason for transferring closer to home, but the NCAA denied his request in August. Consequently, Jackson has yet to make his debut with the Seminoles, despite an impressive performance at Miami in the previous season.

Florida State coach Mike Norvell expressed disappointment with the NCAA’s decision, emphasizing Jackson’s desire to be with his mother. He stated, “The NCAA, they have a choice of what they’re gonna do and obviously the decision that they made.”

Tez Walker’s case, however, may offer hope for Jackson and Florida State. North Carolina and Walker successfully battled the NCAA for a hardship waiver throughout the offseason. Although the NCAA initially denied Walker’s eligibility just days before the 2023 season began, it later reversed its decision, citing “new information” that had not been previously available from UNC. This development may serve as a precedent for Jackson’s case.



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