Despite Tennessee initially trying to prevent wide receiver DeAnthony Arnett from transferring to Michigan State, the school he originally chose over UT, the rising sophomore is getting his wish and will be a Spartan in the fall.
The problem is that he may not be able to play, as general transfer rules force players to redshirt a season unless they seek a waiver. According to Rivals.com, Arnett is likely to seek a waiver:
Arnett’s brother says DeAnthony is set to apply for a hardship waiver early next week. Michigan State has not commented on Arnett’s situation, but his brother confirmed Saturday night he will be joining the Spartans.
Arnett, who is from Saginaw, said recently that his father has had multiple heart attacks and is on dialysis.
To acquire a waiver that would allow Arnett to play in the fall, an application would need to be submitted with sufficient reason for a waiver. The reviewing committee will ultimately look at and balance the purpose or intent of the request, the involvement and the overall well-being of the student-athlete, and any competitive or recruiting advantage that results in granting the waiver. We'll keep you posted as the process plays out.