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Breaking: West Virginia and 6 Other States Joining Together to Combat NCAA Transfer Rules in Lawsuit



Kelsie LeRose / WVSN

The state of West Virginia and six other states announced on Thursday afternoon that they will join together and file a lawsuit against the NCAA, challenging their transfer eligibility rules. West Virginia is joining the states of Colorado, Illinois, New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Tennessee.

Ohio AG Dave Yost is leading the way for the seven states on the suit. West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey put out a press release announcing that the state was joining in on the lawsuit.

“The NCAA’s transfer policy, for far too long, has been flawed. The Association has failed to maintain a consistent and defensible transfer rule,” Attorney General Morrisey said in the press release.

“Real issues are at stake here for the citizens of West Virginia, and they implicate my duties as the state’s chief antitrust officer,” Morrisey said. “The NCAA also failed to recognize the underlying issues involving RaeQuan and many other student athletes in similar situations—there’s no reason for the NCAA to deny this young man the ability to play the sport he loves and that helps him with his mental health.”

Many basketball programs have been dealing with transfers not receiving immediate eligibility. WVU G RaeQuan Battle is one of those student-athletes who’s been denied immediate eligibility. The NCAA began cracking down on multi-time transfers, making student-athletes need a waiver to play. Battle has expressed having mental health issues but the NCAA won’t take that as a valid reason. Battle says he won’t be quiet until he can play again. Battle is one of the players the states are focusing on, as Morrisey and Yost both highlighted the 6-foot-5 guard on Thursday. For now, Battle is eligible during the 2024-25 season.

“RaeQuan’s background, what he had to go through to achieve his dream, shows the determination he has,” Morrisey added.

WV Sports Now will continue to update the status on Battle’s eligibility.

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