NCAA denies Ahmad Starks' waiver

Updated: October 1, 2013, 8:40 PM ET
By Jeff Goodman | ESPN.com

The NCAA has denied Ahmad Starks' hardship waiver request to play this season at Illinois.

Starks, an Illinois native who played the previous three seasons at Oregon State, will have to sit out the upcoming season.

"Following a lengthy process, we have received final word from the NCAA on Ahmad's status. We are all disappointed with the decision to deny the waiver and especially feel bad for Ahmad and his family," Illinois head coach John Groce said in a statement. "Ahmad had a compelling ...

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