If that is granted Sullivan will have two full seasons of eligibility for the Tigers. Hardship medical redshirt waivers are ruled on following the completion of a team's season.
The only returning starter from the 2009-2010 team, Sullivan was expected to be Auburn's top player this season, but a summer ACL injury that required surgery changed that.
Surprisingly, in December, Sullivan made a much earlier than anticipated return to action after missing the first eight games. He averaged 8.2 points and 3.0 assists in 24.7 minutes per contest despite having limited mobility this season. The guard has missed the last three games.
"Frankie Sullivan means so much to our team, on and off the court," Barbee said. "He is a team leader. Frankie's health is our number one concern with him."
The guard is shown in action last month for the Tigers.
Sullivan averaged 12.7 points and two assists per game as a sophomore. His top games this season came vs. USC-Upstate in which he scored 14 points and added six assists and five rebounds and against Georgia Southern as he scored 17 points while adding five assists and four steals.
The Tigers return to action on Thursday with a 6 p.m. home game vs. the Florida Gators.