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NC State guard Terry Henderson denied 6th year of eligibility by NCAA

NCAA policy always varies on a day-to-day basis.

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Terry Henderson’s NC State career is over. Henderson applied for a sixth year of eligibility this offseason but the NCAA ruled against him, and that’s that. The NCAA, as usual, gets to make everything up as it goes.

Henderson played about seven minutes in 2015 before suffering a season-ending injury but was a key part of NC State’s offense this past season as a fifth-year senior. The NCAA rule is five years to play four seasons, and technically Henderson did that—he did, after all, play in a college basketball game in four different years.

He also lost 99.9% of one of those years to injury, but the complication was his redshirt transfer year after leaving West Virginia. The NCAA was unforgiving on that front, unwilling to cut Henderson a break when things went unexpectedly awry after he left his first school. He got his five years, they’ll say (true!); he left WVU of his own volition (also true!).

This would not be so pathetically shitty if the NCAA actually had a consistent policy of inflexibility, but it does not. It never has. They cut some kids a little slack here and there, while they ignore context in other circumstances in an effort to appear judicious or unbiased. There are similar cases to Henderson’s where kids have been given sixth years, but what the hell is the point of quibbling with the paper-pushing mediocrities who inhabit the NCAA?

There’s a bunch of schizophrenic flakes overseeing college sports, what can you do?

Anyway, I’m sorry it had to end this way. Thanks, Terry.