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Brookhart will fight for Mackey's redshirt

By mrasor Published: September 25, 2007

J.D. Brookhart
said the university will do everything in its power to grant John Mackey a fifth year of eligibility.
Mackey injured his right ACL in Akron's win over Kent State Saturday.
The NCAA can allow an athlete to play an extra year for what's called a medical redshirt. I went snooping for the rules, and found the following qualifications for gaining a redshirt...

    The injury or illness occurs prior to the completion of the first half of the playing season.
    The injury or illness occurs when the student-athlete has not participated in more than three contests or 30 percent (whichever number is greater) of the institution's scheduled or completed contests in his or her sport.
    A conference championship shall be counted as one contest or date of competition in determining the institution's scheduled contests.
    The redshirt shall be administered by the member conferences of the Association or, in the case of an independent member institution, by the Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement. An institution may appeal a decision by its conference to the Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement.

In Mackey's case, the injury occurred before the first half of the season. That applies whether the injured player played or not. The second requirement is that the player mustn't have participated in more than 30 percent of the season. Akron has 13 scheduled games, including the MAC Championship. Mackey has played in four. Four divided by 13 is 30.769 percent.
Going by the strict interpretation of the rule, Mackey might be SOL. But Brookhart will appeal, and it might help that Mackey only played in a small part of the fourth game.
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