- Andy Katz, ESPN Senior Writer
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1. Arsalan Kazemi will seek a waiver allowing him to play immediately at Oregon this season instead of sitting out the year. I’m very interested to hear what could be the hardship he has endured to justify him not having to sit out. Once Kazemi left Rice he had to choose a quarter-system school if he wanted to play this season or at the very least the beginning of the 2013-14 season. Kazemi couldn’t sit idle and wait until December. Rice isn’t expected to fight Kazemi’s waiver. No one forced Kazemi to leave after his junior season. He was free to leave. But the NCAA will likely need some strong evidence to grant a waiver in this case.
2. NC State coach Mark Gottfried, fresh off signing his new six-year contract, said there was definitely a new bounce in the step for freshman Rodney Purvis. Purvis received clearance last week to play this season instead of just practicing. Gottfried said that Purvis’ position was the missing piece on the Wolfpack’s trip to Spain in August.
3. Meanwhile, UCLA is still waiting on eligibility decisions on freshmen Kyle Anderson and Shabazz Muhammad. There is still time and if either or both are cleared by Oct. 12 or even Nov. 9 then no one will think twice about the prolonged clearance process. If they get game penalties or worse than it will have a dramatic effect on the Bruins’ season.