Wednesday afternoon embattled West Virginia Mountaineers basketball player RaeQuan Battle received his first bit of good news when a restraining order, filed by multiple state attorneys including West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey was approved. As first reported by Chris Anderson at EerSports.com, players who are transferring but ruled ineligible by the NCAA cannot be kept from playing for their teams in their respective sports, including Battle and Noah Farrakhan.
Division I college athletes who had been sidelined by the NCAA’s Transfer Eligibility Rule are free to compete immediately after a federal judge today granted a 14-day restraining order to Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost and his counterparts in six other states as part of their antitrust lawsuit challenging the rule.
“Right now, you can’t make a player sit out a year,” Judge John Preston Bailey told the NCAA’s lawyers in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia.
The judge’s decision prevents the National Collegiate Athletic Association from enforcing the transfer rule at least until Dec. 27, when the judge will consider the states’ motion for a preliminary injunction to extend the order until a full trial can be held.
Based on the ruling, Battle should be eligible to play this Saturday against UMass and Farrakhan should also be eligible beginning Saturday.