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WVU AD Wren Baker Addresses Fan Frustration Over Battle’s Waiver



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WVU AD Wren Baker addressed the fanbase’s frustration on no decision still for basketball guard RaeQuan Battle’s waiver. Baker took to X (Twitter) to respond to a fan who said that WVU has been very quiet in Battle’s waiver process.

Baker continued to respond in a thread by mentioning that West Virginia’s athletic department has been working hard on this waiver process. The men’s basketball program submitted Battle’s appeal waiver 21 days ago after the initial waiver process took over a month to be denied.

“We have spent a lot of time & resources including using a law firm that specializes in waivers & NCAA related issues to assist. Saying that we haven’t ‘done enough’ is pretty uninformed and off base when you don’t have any experience on how the process works & what goes into it,” Baker said.

“Our compliance team, University general counsel and outside counsel have done everything possible on both the initial waiver and the appeal,” Baker added.

West Virginia fans have started to become impatient as Battle’s appeal process is entering its third week. Most recently, Cincinnati big man Aziz Bandaogo was approved on Monday afternoon after the NCAA asked for a three-hour window for extra consideration after pending legal action. By 5 p.m., the NCAA approved Bandaogo for immediate eligibility. Bandaogo, whose initial and appeal waivers were denied, averaged 11.5 points, 10.4 rebounds and 2.9 blocks at Utah Valley. Bandaogo is a multi-time undergraduate transfer who acknowledged having mental health problems to the NCAA.

While Battle still awaits his appeal decision, West Virginia will participate in the Fort Myers Tip-Off event starting on Monday night against SMU. Battle is a 6-foot-5 transfer guard from Montana State who averaged 17.7 points 0n 43% field goal shooting.

WV Sports Now will continue to update on Battle’s waiver process.



  1. Mike M

    November 21, 2023 at 7:32 am

    What’s a real shame here is the Eilert can never be judged apples to apples. He was left with half a team, then the NCAA suspends Kriisa, then the Battle waiver denied and then Akok has a health issue. This team has a lot of heart and I think once this Battle waiver get approved which it will and Kriisa gets back we will win some games but I think last night showed what happens when you have little reinforcements. It feels like the NCAA is penalizing WVU for Huggins when Eilert did nothing. As for Kriisa receiving impermissible benefits and losing 9 games give me a break. Some of these guys in the Power conferences are making so much money in NIL money who cares anymore but I guess its just one more dart to throw at Eilert.

  2. Dave Dickey

    November 21, 2023 at 10:00 am

    So where is Omar Silverio’s appeal?? Why recruit players that can’t play?? Eilert is failing as coach…Get ready to replace him, Wren Baker… Long season coming…

  3. Paul Howard

    November 21, 2023 at 11:28 am

    Agree Mike!! 💯 The fight is there!! We just need more bodies!! Hopefully (🤞 🙏) Battle will be cleared by Wednesday!!

  4. Ethan Bock

    November 21, 2023 at 1:55 pm

    The NCAA ended Silverio’s eligibility in August

  5. David Hagerman

    November 21, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    Michigan can cheat their A$$ off but the NCAA uses a hammer against WVU. There seems to be a distinct difference in “Justice”.

  6. Jeffrey McGee

    November 22, 2023 at 8:05 pm

    Can he play next year

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