Kansas State athletic director John Currie made his first public comments in response to the university’s decision to deny Leticia Romero a release from her scholarship on Tuesday morning.
Currie shared some general thoughts on K-State’s transfer policy on his Twitter account after ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas ramped up his criticism of K-State for the way it handled the situation.
Over the span of five tweets, Currie wrote the following:
“National transfer issues are complex/need reform. Student privacy prevents discussion of individual student issues. As AD I have an obligation to all our (student-athletes) and institution to ensure department and university procedures are followed. Generally speaking, on RARE occasions that we have denied a student-athlete transfer release it has been because of concerns about outside tampering, undue influence by third parties or procedures not being followed in an honest and forthright manner.”
You can read his tweets individually here.
Early Tuesday morning, Jay Bilas took the following shot at K-State on his Twitter account:
Good for K-State recruits to note – KSU handbook says it will deny most transfers: http://t.co/RciLQPdt8p EWAH – Every Wildcat A Hostage?
— Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) April 22, 2014
Leticia Romero, of Las Palmas, Spain, is a rising freshman on the K-State women’s basketball team. She was the Wildcats’ best player a year ago, leading the team in nearly every statistical category. She asked for a release from her scholarship so she could transfer following the firing of Deb Patterson. K-State denied her request, but has not elaborated why. Romero lost an appeal fighting to overturn that denial. If she chooses to transfer, she will have to pay her own way while she sits out a year, per NCAA transfer rules.
Transfers receive immediate financial aid at their new school only if they are released from their old school. You can find more information on Romero and her fight to transfer here.
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