Sports briefs for April 18, 2014

Posted April 18, 2014, at 9:43 p.m.

NCAA could give transfers extra year

The NCAA’s Division I Leadership Council recommended that some athletes who transfer to other schools via hardships should be allowed an extra year of eligibility.

The council proposed that athletes forced to sit out a year after transferring should be given a sixth year of eligibility.

Amy Huchthausen, commissioner of the America East Conference and chair of the Leadership Council subcommittee that examined the transfer issue, said the recommendation would provide athletes with additional time to focus on academics and increase their chances of graduating. It is also intended to reduce concerns about abuse of the waiver process and inconsistencies in NCAA decisions.

Athletes seeking transfers would still need to provide evidence of a hardship, including a serious family illness, to receive the extension.

The Division I Board of Directors are scheduled to review the proposal when it meets April 24. If approved, the policy change would begin in the 2015-16 academic year.

Silver discusses age limit with owners

Commissioner Adam Silver met with owners Friday to discuss changing the minimum age limit for players entering the NBA.

NCAA president Mark Emmert was invited to the meeting, according to the Associated Press.

Silver is also considering changes to the draft lottery format and playoffs structure, but said raising the draft age limit is a high priority.

The age limit requiring American players to be 19 years old and a year out of high school was implemented in 2005.

Craig Sager battles leukemia

Longtime TNT sideline reporter Craig Sager is undergoing leukemia treatment and will miss the NBA playoffs.

His illness was first announced Thursday night by his family on Twitter. Sager, known for his colorful suits, started working as a reporter for CNN in 1981.

Sager was notified Tuesday that he was cancer-free but then was told that it was a mistake, his son, Craig Jr., said on Twitter.

QB Joeckel transfers to TCU

Former Texas A&M quarterback Matt Joeckel confirmed via Twitter on Thursday night he is transferring to TCU.

Joeckel graduated in December but still has one year of eligibility remaining. He will compete for the Horned Frogs’ starting quarterback job after Tyler Matthews announced he is transferring out of the program.

Joeckel announced he was leaving Texas A&M Wednesday. He spent Thursday on TCU’s campus, according to ESPN.com.

Joeckel will compete with Trevone Boykin for TCU’s starting job.

Lee to stay at Kentucky

One of the members of Kentucky’s ballyhooed freshman class from this past season is returning for his sophomore year.

The school announced Friday that forward Marcus Lee will stay in school and pass on the 2014 NBA Draft.

The 6-foot-9 Lee had an up-and-down first season, playing in 25 of 40 games and averaging 6.3 minutes. But he finished strong in the NCAA Tournament. He had 10 points and eight rebounds in the Midwest Regional final victory over Michigan and ended up making the all-tournament team.

 

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