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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

April 3, 2010 at 10:10 AM

Practice indoors today — and a little more clarification of Trent’s scholarship status

First off, practice will be in the Dempsey Indoor today due to the incelement weather, so if you’re going, head there.
Next, I sensed that there were still some questions about the scholarship status of Clarence Trent following his conversion this week to football, so I got in touch this week with UW’s compliance director John Morris.
As Morris noted, it’s a complicated issue with a rule that varies by sport. The general intent of the rule is to prevent teams from stashing football players on scholarships in other sports. And there is essentially a hierarchy of sports that if you play that sport, then that’s the sport in which your scholarship is in. Football is at the top of that list.
So in Trent’s case, it’s really very simple — the minute he plays a down of football in a game for the Huskies, he becomes a scholarship athlete in football. UW doesn’t have to do anything and there’s no decision to be made — simply put, the minute he takes the field, if he’s on scholarship in anything, it’s football.
“You wouldn’t have any choice,” Morris said. “Because football is at the top of the list, if you’re a multi-sport athlete and you’re on aid, the minute you play in a game in football, you would count in football.”
That’s something to keep in mind when speculation brews when seemingly every member of the UW basketball team Tweets about someday playing football — if they did, they’d count as a scholarship number against football the minute they played in a game.
However, athletes cannot be moved from one sport to another during an academic year. So that’s why Trent is still regarded as a basketball counter, and will until next fall if/when he steps foot on the field in a football game.
The general assumption out there is that this immediately opens up a scholarship for the basketball program to use — and maybe the basketball program will proceed that way. But officially, he’s on a basketball scholarship until next fall. Steve Sarkisian’s comments earlier this week, however, indicated that Trent will unquestionably become a football scholarship counter when the time comes even if something happened that would prevent him from seeing the field in football.
One other thing to note about this rule is that if a player is recruited in any manner to play football, then accepts a scholarship in another sport and plays that sport, the minute he would simply practice with the football team he would count as a scholarship for football. In Trent’s case, since he wasn’t recruited as a football player, the conversion won’t happen until he plays. But again, the intent of the rule is to make it impossible to recruit a kid for football but then try to stash him in track or something.

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