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College Teams Wed Sep 18 2013

Will Chicago Native Ahmad Starks Play in 2013-14?

Ahmad Starks.jpg Chicago native and Whitney Young alum, Ahmad Starks, announced last May he was transferring to Illinois from Oregon State to be closer to his ailing grandmother here in Chicago.

Starks submitted a family hardship waiver to the NCAA for eligibility to play in the 2013-14 year. Without the family hardship waiver, he'll have to follow NCAA rules to sit out a year before donning an Illini uniform. We've been waiting almost four months to hear of Starks' fate, and the Champaign Room reports that Starks expects to hear something within the next 10 days.

Basketball season is creeping upon us and Tom Fornelli of the Champaign Room makes this point:

If Starks doesn't get the waiver and is forced to sit out this season, the Illini are oversigned for the 2014-15 season. Which means somebody will have to go -- and maybe two if Cliff Alexander makes dreams come true.

Let's pray the NCAA gods/judgement makers are on Starks' and the Illini's side.

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