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Kevin Parrom’s medical hardship waiver request will require a special NCAA approval




Kevin Parrom missed 26 games in his freshman and junior seasons combined because of health issues (YouTube video still)

Kevin Parrom missed 26 games in his freshman and junior seasons combined because of health issues (YouTube video still)

Arizona Daily Star basketball beat writer Bruce Pascoe has reported that Arizona is planning to petition the NCAA for a fifth year of eligibility for senior forward Kevin Parrom.

Parrom does not meet the criteria for the NCAA’s medical hardship waiver guidelines, but Arizona will make the attempt because Parrom missed a total of 26 dates of competition combined in his freshman season of 2009-10 and junior season of 2011-12.

Parrom missed 14 dates of competition as a freshman in 2009-10 because of a stress fracture in his left foot.

He missed 12 dates of competition in 2011-12 because of wounds from a shooting incident before the season, and a broken right foot injury to end the season. He was shot in the right leg and left hand in an attempt on his life Sept 24, 2011, in a Bronx, N.Y., apartment. He made his first appearance in the third game of the season, Nov. 13, 2011, against Ball State, and managed to play until he suffered a broken bone in his right foot on Jan. 28, 2012.

He missed the remainder of the season, a total of 10 dates of competition as outlined by the NCAA.

Coincidentally, Arizona failed to be selected for the NCAA tournament in the two seasons Parrom missed a bulk of his games.

For a student-athlete to receive a medical hardship waiver (per Bylaw 14.2.4), the following four conditions must be met:

1. The student-athlete may not have participated in more than 20 percent of the team’s completed contests/dates of competition in a season.

— Parrom missed the first 10 games of his freshman season of 2009-10 because of the stress fracture in his left foot. He later missed four games because of the injury toward the end of the season. He played in 17 of 31 dates of competition, a total of 54.8 percent, because of the injury.

— He missed 12 dates of competition in 2011-12. He participated in 20 dates of competition, 63.5 percent.

KEVIN PARROM CAREER STATS
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Parrom missed 26 dates of competition — nearly a full season — spanned over two different seasons because of injuries. The NCAA would be required to make an exception to its medical hardship waiver guidelines to grant Parrom a fifth year of eligibility.

2. The injury or illness must occur prior to the completion of the first half of the season.

— Parrom missed Arizona’s first 10 dates of competition in 2009-10 with a stress fracture in his left foot.

— He missed Arizona’s two first dates of competition in 2011-12 because of the shooting incident.

3. The injury or illness does not have to occur during practice/competition, but it must be incapacitating.

— Parrom played the remainder of the season in 2009-10, after missing the first 10 dates of competition, although he missed four dates of competition before the completion of the regular season because of the stress fracture in his left foot.

— Parrom missed Arizona’s last 10 dates of competition in 2011-12 because of his broken foot.

Appropriate medical documentation must exist and be provided.

— Arizona will provide that material if it has not done so already.

Some additional background information from NCAA’s medical hardship waiver rule:

— All percentages are calculated according to contests or dates of competition, depending on how a sport’s competitive opportunities are counted. Only contests or dates of competition occurring during the championship (traditional) season are included in the calculations. Conference championships/tournaments are counted as one contest or date of competition, regardless of the actual contest/dates used.

— If the percentage calculation for the 20-percent rule results in a decimal the whole number preceding it is always rounded up. For example, if the basketball team competes in 33 games, 20 percent of 33 is 6.6. Due to the rounding-up of numbers, a basketball player who competed in seven games qualifies for a medical hardship waiver.

— To meet the first-half-of-the-season requirement, all competition must cease prior to the start of the contest or date of competition that begins the second half of the season. For example, a basketball player competing in the 18th game of a 35-game season does not qualify for a medical hardship waiver.

— A student-athlete who is injured in the first half of the season, then attempts to play in the second half and aggravates the original injury, does not qualify for a medical hardship waiver.

Site publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner

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