Doege Eligible For 2019 WVU Season
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Bowling Green transfer quarterback Jarret Doege has received approval of his waiver for immediate eligibility at West Virginia, a school source has confirmed to BlueGoldNews.com. Doege’s approval to play in 2019 was first reported by Allan Taylor.
The approval came as a bit of a surprise, as other program sources had indicated approval of Doege’s waiver request was not anticipated. However, it follows a trend of decisions from the NCAA committee which reviews such waivers, with those bouncing positive or negative in a seemingly unpredictable pattern.
According to the NCAA, a waiver is “An action that sets aside an NCAA rule because a specific, extraordinary circumstance prevents you from meeting the rule. An NCAA school may file a waiver on your behalf; you cannot file a waiver for yourself. The school does not administer the waiver, the conference office or NCAA does.”
West Virginia has been awaiting a decision from the NCAA since Doege announced his transfer in mid-May.
Recently, the NCAA Council announced changes to some of the guidelines used to evaluate waiver requests for immediate eligibility. Calling those “clarifications” the changes appeared to tighten the limits on approval for waivers. The four clarifications included:
— When a school requests a waiver because it asserts a student-athlete no longer has the opportunity to participate at his or her previous school, the new school must provide proof that the student-athlete is in good academic standing and meeting progress-toward-degree requirements at the new school and a statement from the previous school’s athletics director indicating whether the student could return to the team; whether the student was dismissed from the team and the date of dismissal; whether the student was in good academic standing at the time of departure; and the reasons the student gave the previous school for the transfer.
— In cases in which the student-athlete transferred because he or she is the victim of egregious behavior directly impacting his or her health, safety or well-being, the new school must continue to provide objective documentation of the behavior and how it impacts the health, safety or well-being of the student-athlete. In addition, the new school also must now provide a statement from the previous school’s athletics director explaining why the student-athlete indicated he or she is transferring and proof that the student-athlete is in good academic standing and meeting progress-toward-degree standards at the new school.
— In cases where a student-athlete transfers because of the recent injury or illness of an immediate family member, the new school must provide contemporaneous medical documentation from the treating physician showing how the family member is debilitated; an explanation of the student-athlete’s role in providing care; confirmation from both the athletics director and faculty athletics representative that the student-athlete will be allowed to depart the team to provide care; a statement from the previous school’s athletics director explaining why the student-athlete said he or she was transferring; and proof that the student-athlete is in good academic standing and meeting progress-toward degree at the new school. The transfer must occur within or immediately after the academic year after learning of the injury or illness, and the guideline requires the new school be within 100 miles of the immediate family member.
— In cases where a student-athlete transfers to be closer to their home or support system because of their own injury or illness the school must provide contemporaneous medical documentation from the student-athlete’s treating professional showing the student-athlete is debilitated and was receiving treatment before the transfer; an explanation of the student-athlete’s need to transfer and treatment plan; and a statement from the previous school’s athletics director explaining why the student-athlete indicated he or she was transferring. The student also must be in good academic standing and meeting progress-toward-degree requirements at the new school. The transfer must occur in the academic year after diagnosis, and the new school must be within 100 miles of the student-athlete’s family or support system.
The supporting documentation and reasons for Doege’s transfer have not been made public, although some speculation has centered around the firing of his brother Seth from the Falcon coaching staff at the conclusion of the 2018 season. In addition to the items listed about, several other factors and criteria can be used to support a waiver request.
Doege, who arrived on West Virginia’s campus in June, threw for 4,041 yards in his two seasons at Bowling Green. In his first year, he played in seven games and started five, completing 120-of-188 passes for 1,381 yards. Included were 12 touchdown passes against three interceptions for an efficiency rating of 143.4. He was the first true freshman to start at game at quarterback for Bowling Green in 26 years.
As a sophomore in 2018, he took command of the QB job on a full-time basis, starting 12 games. He was 242-of-389 passing, which produced 2,660 yards and 27 touchdowns, both of which were tops in the Mid-American Conference. His interception total was 12, resulting in an efficiency rating of 136.4.
Doege, who is 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds, is a native of Lubbock, Texas and attended Cooper High School where he passed for 3,363 yards and 33 touchdowns as a senior in 2016. He has been participating in West Virginia’s fall practices.
West Virginia first-year head coach Neal Brown was the offensive coordinator and quarterback coach at Texas Tech from 2010-12 when Seth Doege was the Red Raiders’ record-setting quarterback. In addition, current Mountaineer assistant coaches Sean Reagan, Matt Moore and Chad Scott were also on Tech’s offensive staff at that time.