Rutgers LB Drew Singleton’s career is officially over as the NCAA rejects final appeal to return

Drew SingletonHis college football career is officially over.

NCAA denied Rutgers back The third and final appeal to reinstate the job This week, which means no chance of him Using the last year of his eligibility during the 2022 season.

Singleton’s initial request was to reinstate after not drafting in the 2022 NFL forbidden in the summer, as it was The appeal he filed shortly after. After the second denial, Scarlett Knights coach Greg Chiano he said that There was a ‘final step’ and Rutgers ‘really going to try’ through this way.

This week, the NCAA ruled against them one last time.

“I am deeply disappointed by the NCAA’s decision to deny Drew Singleton the opportunity to return this season and use his final year of eligibility,” Chiano said in a statement obtained by NG Advance Media. “There were clearly extenuating circumstances after Drew came back to play the ball game. He epitomizes what it means to be a student-athlete here at Rutgers.”

Singleton echoed the sentiment.

“I would like to thank Coach Chiano, our Compliance Department, (Big Ten) Commissioner (Kevin) Warren, my teammates and family for their support,” Singleton said in the statement. “This has been a very difficult process and I am disappointed that I will not be able to take advantage of the final year of my eligibility to return to play with my teammates and earn a master’s degree in Labor Administration and Employee Relations.”

Singleton, the former Catholic Paramus star, originally decided that 2021 would be his last season in college football, opting to forgo his final year of eligibility and pursue professional football. It was time to make that decision last November, when it was The Scarlet Knights They lost the 2021 regular season final to Maryland, which dropped them to the record 5-7 and left them without a bowl show. With the season apparently over, Singleton signed with an agent in December and began preparing for the 2022 NFL Draft, including the standard practice of accepting money from the agent to pay for training.

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Then Rutgers found herself in an unprecedented situation. Texas A&M pulled out of the Gator Bowl due to COVID-19 Problems, and because the Scarlet Knights had the highest APR of any non-participating team in the nation during a given period, they were in a position to replace them. Rutgers accepted the invitation nine days before the match was scheduled to begin.

Singleton accepted the opportunity to play in the game and represent Rutgers against Wake Forest, something that a number of his teammates who were also entering the NFL Draft turned down. He went on to hit his ankle against a demonic deacon, an injury that greatly affected his prep draft, which he “started in (walking) shoes,” according to Chiano.

Singleton recovered in time to participate in Scarlet Knights Pro Day in Marchbut it went without wording.

“A lot of men decided to sit down, which I fully understand and respect” ‘” Singleton told Steve Politi of NJ Advance Media in August. “But being a Jersey kid, a young Rutgers kid, I just wanted to represent my school the right way. I’m just praying that it wasn’t my downfall, and to do what I thought was right wasn’t my downfall.”

Singleton’s initial request to get his job back was denied by the NCAA because he received money from his agent. Singleton and Rutgers appealed the decision, citing the fact that Singleton had paid the money. They also noted that Singleton hurt his career prospects by choosing to play in a bowl game.

“I hope and pray that cooler minds will prevail and grant him the Sunnah,” Xiano He said on Big Ten Media Days. “Look, I get it. If a kid went out and got paid to be an NFL player and then wanted to come back, I get that (he shouldn’t be disqualified). But that’s not.”

In the end, the reasoning wasn’t strong enough to affect the NCAA.

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Brian Fonseca can be reached at bfonseca@njadvancemedia.com.

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