UA coach Sean Miller said today he would probably petition for a hardship waiver that would allow Kevin Parrom to play a fifth season in 2013-14.
Parrom has played 20 games this season, well beyond the NCAA's maximum of games played for medical redshirts to be granted. But Miller said he may talk to UA staffers about a waiver that might also consider the 14 games he missed as a freshmen with stress fractures in his right foot, plus the two he missed earlier this season because of a gunshot wound and the 10 or more he will miss the rest of this season with his newly broken right foot.
"I haven't talked to our compliance about it," Miller said. "But I think they would probably agree that when you consider what he missed in total as a freshman and everything that happened this year.... you could make the argument that, especially with him academically doing well, which he is, that he could be a candidate for that fifth year."
Normal medical hardship waivers allow athletes to play in no more than 30 percent of their team's games and none past the midway point of a season. For a basketball player at UA this season, that would translate to no more than 11 games and none past UA's Jan. 8 game at USC.
But UA compliance director Bill Morgan said today that there are other hardship waivers Parrom might be able to apply for. The standard medical hardship waivers are decided on by the Pac-12 Conference, but other waivers are ruled on by the NCAA.
"There's all kinds of waivers and different things we can look at," Morgan said. "I'm not sure how successful we'll be but that depends on the circumstances of the case.
"You're talking about a very convoluted process and depending what the circumstances are, I might not go to the conference at all. I might go to the NCAA. It just depends on what kind of a waiver we're talking about."
Without Parrom, Miller also said today he would look for more help from Angelo Chol and Kyryl Natayzhko, who may log more time at center while Jesse Perry slips to power forward on occasion.
Parrom had been playing both forward spots, sometimes playing power forward when Solomon Hill rested, but Perry may not have to fill that role as well as his center duties.
Miller said he didn't want to joke about UA's three ejections in its last five games anymore but he jokingly -- and seriously -- explained his thoughts during the Pac-12 teleconference. Those comments are listed on the previous blog thread.