Collins believes Tech’s waiver requests deserve to be granted

Using his new Monday night radio show as his platform, Georgia Tech coach Geoff Collins expressed his disappointment with the NCAA's decision to turn down the waiver requests from team members Antonneous Clayton and Myles Sims for immediate eligibility.

Clayton, a defensive end who transferred from Florida, and Sims, a cornerback from Michigan, were both turned down by the NCAA. The school has already appealed both decisions.

Speaking on his inaugural radio show on 680 the Fan, Collins said that “I do know that everybody in our organization — administration, compliance — wholeheartedly believes that Myles and Antonneous meet the NCAA standards for a waiver to be granted immediate eligibility.”

Collins went on to praise Clayton and Sims for how they have handled the uncertainty while waiting for the NCAA’s response.

“But we think the NCAA needs to have the best interests of these student-athletes in mind and grant them the waiver,” Collins said.

He added later: “They’ve handled it the right way, and hopefully the NCAA will, as well, as we go through this appeals process.”

Collins said he could not go into specifics of each case due to privacy matters.

The NCAA has not yet ruled on the waiver request of wide receiver Marquez Ezzard, who transferred after one season at Miami.