NCAA Denial of WVU’s RaeQuan Battle Raises Legal Issues
MORGANTOWN,WV—The West Virginia Men’s basketball team received news recently from the NCAA that transfer guard RaeQuan Battle will not be eligible to play this season. Interim WVU coach Josh Eilert felt pretty good a few weeks ago that Battle would be able to play due to their compliance with the NCAA. WVU made sure they had all their information needed in a timely manner to the NCAA. The university is appealing the ruling and it could take weeks to sort out. It seems like the NCAA is purposely dragging its feet.
Meanwhile it has been reported that West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is speaking out on the NCAA decision. ” The recent decision to deny RaeQuan Battle’s eligibility to play basketball at WVU this season raises serious legal issues that demand answers. Like many WVU fans and citizens of West Virginia, I was dismayed by this move and I am hopeful it can still be fixed in time for the 2023-2024 season.”
“We are engaged on this matter and will be weighing in more formally in the days ahead. We want to make sure the right things happen for RaeQuan and WVU, and that any action taken is consistent with the rule of law. As the Attorney General of West Virginia, I take our antitrust authority seriously and will take all appropriate steps to ensure our laws are followed.” Morrisey added.
Hopefully the NCAA will reconsider this matter for the men’s team very soon.