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Fielkow's Law: A Closer Look At NCAA Transfer Rules

Justin Fielkow

Justin Fielkow

Justin Fielkow is an attorney at the Franklin Law Group in Northfield, Illinois, a Chicago suburb. Justin attended Tulane University Law School and obtained a Certificate in Sports Law. He has been writing for Rotowire since 2008, first while at the University of Wisconsin, then and still as the beat writer for the New Orleans Saints, and now as a featured columnist providing insight into the legal side of sport with a fantasy spin.

Anger. Betrayal. Frustration.

Those are just a sampling of the feelings with which Joseph Young must have dealt over the past few years in his dealings with the NCAA. On October 25, however, Young felt a new sensation: relief. After months of waiting, Young, a sharpshooting guard who transferred from the University of Houston to the University of Oregon this summer, was given notice that the NCAA granted his waiver petition allowing him to play immediately for the Ducks.
But first, a quick recap.

In 2010, Young, a Houston native, was one of Keno Davis’ recruits at Providence University. Citing a desire to remain at home with his family in Houston, where his aunt was awaiting a heart transplant and his father, Michael (a former member of the famed Phi Slama Jama at Houston), was recently named the director of basketball operations at Houston, Young requested the Friars to release him from his National Letter of Intent. Davis denied Young’s request, costing Yo

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