NCAA denies Alabama waiver request for Smelley

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HOOVER, Ala. (AP) - Former South Carolina quarterback Chris
Smelley won't likely get to play baseball for Alabama this season.

The NCAA denied a waiver request of transfer eligibility rules
for Smelley, who transferred to his hometown university to play

Alabama has appealed the decision. The Crimson Tide had received
a waiver from the Southeastern Conference for Smelley to be able to
compete immediately.

Mike Ward, Alabama's associate athletic director for compliance,
told The Tuscaloosa News that a ruling on the appeal could come as
early as next week. He said university officials believe there are
extenuating circumstances that warrant the waiver.

Smelley has two years of eligibility in baseball. He did not
play baseball at South Carolina.