FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The following is a statement from Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long regarding the intentions of the University of Arkansas on filing a waiver on behalf of football student-athlete Ryan Mallett to seek eligibility for competition in 2008.
“In the coming weeks, the University of Arkansas intends to file a waiver to the NCAA staff requesting that the year in residence requirement for transfer Ryan Mallett be waived and that he be granted eligibility for competition beginning in 2008. After visiting with Ryan and his parents, we feel that it is appropriate to file a waiver in this case based on extenuating circumstances. While the outcome of the waiver request is uncertain, we feel strongly that as an institution we should offer our full support to Ryan and his family in this process.”