When Kentucky football recruit Joey Mixon decided to take his college visit to the United States instead of playing for the Wildcats, the former star was surprised to find out he’d have to sit out the entire season due to NCAA rules prohibiting scholarship cuts.
The former All-American had been set to join the Wildcats’ 2017 class but had been told by school administrators to sit down for his final year of eligibility.
After initially accepting the offer to play for the Tigers, Mixon said he was surprised by the decision.
“I’m just trying to make it work, make it happen,” Mixon told 247Sports.
“I can’t sit out for the entire year, so it was a tough decision.”
After he signed a scholarship offer with the Crimson Tide, Mignonette told ESPN that he wasn’t sure he’d be able to attend the season.
Mignonettes father, David, also said that he was unsure whether he would be able do the same.
He said that Kentucky coach Mark Stoops had given him the green light to sign with the program and that he knew that Mignons father was not going to be able attend the game because of NCAA rules.
“I don’t know.
I’m trying to do everything I can to make sure it’s all right,” Mignoette said.
“You can’t just sit out and let something like this happen to you.
It just doesn’t make sense.”
According to 247Sports, the SEC has been in the spotlight for its treatment of the situation with players.
In July, former Kentucky wide receiver Terrance Mitchell was banned from participating in the 2017 SEC football season after he was found to have violated the league’s substance abuse policy by testing positive for anabolic steroids.
Other players who have been punished in the past for violating the substance abuse policies include Tennessee quarterback Malik Hooker, South Carolina cornerback Jalen Ramsey and Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott.
There have also been concerns over the number of sanctions handed out in the aftermath of the 2014 death of Georgia running back Nick Chubb, who was taken out of the game by Georgia defensive end Brandon Meriweather.
When the Georgia and Georgia Tech players were suspended, the Bulldogs announced that the team would have a “zero tolerance” policy for violations of NCAA anti-doping rules.
Former LSU coach Les Miles was also suspended from the program for the 2015 season after the university found that he failed to report his positive test for human growth hormone.