Iowa defensive end Drew Ott sent in the proper paperwork to request an extra year of eligibiilty towards the end of the college football season. It has been a lengthy process but he now has come clarity on the situation.
His request has been heard by the Big Ten and gone through and is now in the hands of the NCAA.
"In regards to the University of Iowa appeal on behalf of Drew Ott, the Big Ten Conference has granted the UI's request to forward the petition to the NCAA, where a decision will be rendered on his request for an additional year through the Medical Hardship Waiver process."
In other words, the Big Ten has approved Iowa to move forward on the matter. Finally.
Ott has undergone Tommy John surgery on his elbow and knee surgery to repair his torn ACL. He played in six games last year but only participated fully in three of them.
The Iowa defensive end told a group of media members, including from Scout, at the NFL Scouting Combine that he expected to hear a ruling on the situation within the next two weeks.
"It's still ongoing," Ott shared. "We should have a ruling here in like two weeks from the NCAA."
It is very promising news that it was granted by the Big Ten. If Iowa and Ott can also jump through the NCAA hoop, he'll be dressed in black and gold once again this upcoming fall.
Stay tuned to Scout for the latest.