The NCAA has often been criticized for its lack of consistency — and clarity — when deciding transfer eligibility. So, linebacker Johnny Ragin decided to challenge that inconsistency and he won.
Ragin, who currently plays for Oregon, was granted an NCAA waiver allowing him to play this season after transferring from Cal. Normally, any player that transfers within his own conference is forced to sit two seasons. However, Ragin won an appeal that waived the two-season rule and he was eligible to play in 2015.
So, Ragin and Oregon decided to press their luck and see if the NCAA would allow Ragin to be immediately eligible.
And it did.
Oregon hasn’t released the reasons Ragin was able to win both appeals, but it must have been something pretty convincing since the sophomore went from being eligible in 2016 to being immediately eligible within a matter of months.
Cal offensive lineman Freddie Tagaloa, who transferred to Arizona, also won an initial appeal to have the two-year waiting period waived. There is no word on whether he attempted to become eligible this season.
Ragin has been practicing with the Ducks during fall camp and coach Mark Helfrich told reporters he’s had a great camp.
Ragin played in eight games as a true freshman at Cal. He was a three-star recruit out of Wilsonville, Ore., and was rated the No. 4 player in the state by Rivals.com.
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