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Former Michigan State basketball player Delvon Roe will not officially be considered a current Michigan State basketball player on Sunday, at least not in the sense that he will be able to play. Although it was reported earlier on Thursday that Michigan State was seeking a "special pardon" that would allow him to suit up and enter the game against Ohio State for one last appearance with the Spartans, athletic director Mark Hollis says that the school didn't submit a reinstatement request. Rather, the school worked with the NCAA to determine how Roe can be honored along with the other seniors, and this is what they came up with:
Delvon will be on the bench, take part in our senior recognition, and at some point have an opportunity to kiss center court at the Bres.— Mark Hollis (@MSUAD) March 1, 2012
While it would have been cool for Roe to enter into the game, it's good that he will at least be able to take part in the other Senior Day activities. His career as a basketball player may be over because of knee problems, but Sunday will serve as a proper sendoff for Roe, who is excited to be a part of it all.
Michigan State's game on Sunday against Ohio State will tip off at 4 p.m. ET on CBS.
about 1 year ago Update 0 comments
Had he not been forced to retire from basketball by knee problems, Delvon Roe would be getting ready to suit up for Michigan State one last time at home. The Spartans' Senior Day is on Sunday, and an outright Big Ten title will be on the line with Ohio State coming to East Lansing.
Since retiring, Roe has turned all of his focus to his acting career. However, Michigan State is hoping that on Sunday, for one final time, Roe will be able to suit up and make one last appearance as a player for the Spartans. The problem is that there are NCAA eligibility rules preventing this from happening.
Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said Friday he wanted retired forward Delvon Roe to play against Ohio State in a nostalgic return to the court on Senior Day, but the school has determined that NCAA eligibility rules will not allow for Roe to dress for the game.
According to Diamond Leung, Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis has been talking with the NCAA about getting Roe a "special pardon" that would allow him to dress. Also according to Leung, Roe still actually has a locker at Michigan State and Izzo wants to be able to briefly play him to give him a proper sendoff.
There's no telling what the NCAA will decide to do, but ESPN's Jay Bilas brought up a very good point about this situation:
So, Wisconsin can play a pro baseball player at QB, but wrong for MSU to play injured cager and actor on senior night? bit.ly/AvKgGs— Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) March 1, 2012
This seems like another "classic NCAA" rule. Play professional baseball? No problem, you can come back and play football at a new school for one season. Retire from basketball because of knee issues and want to make one final appearance on what would have been your Senior Day? Sorry, that's an issue because you're an actor now.
In response to the ridiculousness of this rule, a #LetDelvonPlay movement has begun on Twitter. It remains to be seen if it will change anybody's mind at the NCAA or if the waiver will be granted, but the blowback at the NCAA certainly can't hurt. There is no harm in letting Roe make one final appearance with the Spartans, so let's hope that the NCAA wises up and allows him to do so.