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Staff or anyone more familiar with the NCAA rules, does Engstrom currently qualify for a medical redshirt, or does it depend on if we get enough total team games played for him to qualify? The way I interpreted the rule was Alaama needed 35 games for Engstrom to qualify, but I am by no means an expert and may be totally wrong. Thanks so much if staff could clarify.
EDIT -- I forgot the roundup part of the rule when reading it, so Engstrom only needed us to have 31 games so he does qualify. Good for him.
FYI, just for everyone to read, I am copy and pasting the rule as I found it.
Compliance 101, Session 2: Medical Hardships
Compliance 101: Your source for learning the ins and outs of NCAA and Big 12 rules.
In athletics, injuries and illnesses are matter of when and to whom, not if. When injuries occur,
the media and supporters of a college program often discuss the consequences of that injury and
speculate about a student-athlete’s recourses. Phrases such as “medical hardship” and “extension
of the five-year clock” (i.e., extension of eligibility, clock extension, etc.) are commonly heard or
seen in newspaper articles or other forums. However, they are not the same; medical hardships
and extensions of the five-year clock are two distinct concepts and qualifying for and applying
for one entails a process and issues different from the other. This session of Compliance 101
will focus on medical hardships.
To understand medical hardships and extensions of the five-year clock, the following knowledge
is prerequisite: on the Division I level of the NCAA, student-athletes have five years within
which to participate in four seasons of competition (i.e., a five year clock). Any amount of
participation in a competition will trigger the use of a season of competition. If a student-athlete
redshirts (i.e., does not compete), but is healthy then that is a year charged against the studentathlete’s
five-year clock but not a season of competition.
Similarly, if a student-athlete participates in only one contest near the end of the season, but was
healthy for the entire year, that student-athlete has used one season of competition and one year
of his or her five-year clock (the five-year clock begins once the student-athlete enrolls full-time
in a two- or four-year institution and is tolled only in cases of U.S, military service, church
missions and other specifically designated forms of service). But what if over the next two years
the student-athlete successively incurs season-ending injuries? Does the student-athlete qualify
for a medical hardship and/or an extension of his eligibility? As for a medical hardship, the
answer depends on the circumstances, but, as for an extension, that is the subject of the next
A medical hardship is a form of relief that a university’s student-athlete will receive after a
university’s application to the conference only if:
• the student-athlete’s injury or illness was incapacitating;
• the student-athlete’s incapacitating injury or illness occurred during the first half of the
season and before competition in more then two contests or 20% of the season’s
scheduled contests (whichever is greater); and
• the injury or illness is supported by contemporaneous medical documentation.
If 20% of a season is a fraction (2.4), the fraction is rounded up to the next whole number. If
successful, the effect of the medical hardship is that the student-athlete’s participation does not
result in the use of a season of competition; nevertheless, the year that has passed does count
against the student-athlete’s five-year clock.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by robert1975 13 months ago
If I am remembering correctly, Walsh has already commented that he would be eligible for a medical RS.
He probably did and I didn't see it.
Regardless, I it was my mistake, I forgot the roundup part of the rule. Engstrom only needs us to have 31 games, not 35, so he is qualified for a medical redshirts, good for him. I'm happy he gets an extra year.
Yeah, that was quite a while ago,though.
But yes, all indications are that Engstrom qualifies.
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