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Jay Bilas Calls Out The NCAA For 2 Transfer Decisions

Jay Bilas speaking at the ESPYs.

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 12: Sportscaster Jay Bilas speaks onstage at The 2017 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Over the last few years, ESPN's Jay Bilas has established himself as a passionate crusader for players' rights and as someone unafraid to criticize the NCAA. This morning was another example of him doing both of those things.

Recently, the NCAA denied the request for a transfer waiver for Illinois tight end Luke Ford and Virginia Tech offensive lineman Brock Hoffman. That means neither player is eligible to play immediately next season, barring an appeal or a change in ruling.

Ford transferred to Illinois from Georgia in order to be closer to family, while Hoffman transferred to Virginia Tech from Coastal Carolina in order to be near his mom, who recently underwent surgery for a brain tumor.

The NCAA's decision on these two requests is drawing major criticism, particularly because the organization approved waiver requests for multiple players this offseason who transferred for purely football reasons. Most notably, it is allowing quarterbacks Justin Fields (Ohio State) and Tate Martell (Miami) the ability to play right away at their new schools.

Bilas voiced his opinion on the matter today.

We can't really argue with Bilas' premise here. The NCAA has a history of hypocrisy on these matters, and seems to often screw the "little guy" just to give the illusion they have some semblance of rules in place.

Both Ford and Hoffman deserve waivers, full stop.