The fall term ends Dec. 14. Tech plays six games before then, including the season opener against N.C. State, and plays its seventh game on the 14th at Kentucky. Pastner said that, as the grade submission deadline is December 16, he is anticipating Usher's first game being the Dec. 18 against Ball State at McCamish Pavilion.
In June, the NCAA approved adjustments to the guidelines that are used to determine whether immediate-eligibility waivers are granted. While the NCAA said that the changes were intended to provide clarity to the process, they also appeared to raise the bar on requirements for waivers.
The guidelines read that schools “must demonstrate that the student-athlete’s transfer is due to documented extenuating, extraordinary and mitigating circumstances outside of the student-athlete’s control that directly impacts the health, safety or well-being of the student-athlete.” Previously, the guidelines required “documented, mitigating circumstances,” a standard that led to an increase in waiver requests.
Usher told the AJC in April that he transferred because he wanted to be closer to home, a reason that may not meet the new guidelines required by the NCAA.
Pastner said that Tech guard Bubba Parham, who transferred from VMI in April, is pursuing a waiver.