Sparks hopes for the best
Steve Sparks, the father of sharp shooting Patrick Sparks, spoke with ITV Wednesday night about his son's transfer situation and plans for the coming months.
Sparks indicated that he expected the Western Kentucky administration to meet and rule on his son's appeal of the restriction's placed on Patrick's transfer by Hilltopper AD Wood Selig sometime next week.
In the release, Sparks was restricted from attending any Sun Belt Conference school and several non-conference opponents including Louisville and Georgia.
In essence, the release prohibits Sparks from attending Louisville on scholarship even though he wouldn't be eligible to play against the Hilltoppers during next season's scheduled game between the two teams in Nashville because he'd have to sit out one year because of NCAA rules.
However, Sparks explained that in the extensive research he's done on student athletes who have transferred from Western Kentucky to other schools, he's yet to find any athlete that was restricted for two years like Patrick's release stipulates.
Sparks said he was hopeful that cooler heads would prevail during the appeal hearing and that the two year restriction on Patrick's release would be overturned.
"You would like for him [Patrick] to be able to have the choice," Sparks said about his son's ability to pick the school he wished to attend.
Which brings us to the question. If WKU rules in Sparks' favor and lifts the restriction, where will he go?
Sparks indicated that Patrick would likely make a decision within a few weeks of Western's ruling and wouldn't need to drag the process out to find the school of his choice.
So where do the Cards figure into the plans?
"You would like for him to stay close to home as a parent," Sparks said.
And if Spark's appeal is denied would Louisville still figure into the plans even though the he'd be forced to pay his own way?
The elder Sparks indicated that paying Patrick's way to UofL would certainly be a possibility and that he and his family would do everything possible to fulfill Patrick's desire to attend the school of his choice, regardless of next week's outcome. However, like most everyone else, the Sparks' would prefer to have options and choices and the ability to accept a scholarship from the school of their choice.
Here's hoping that WKU comes to its senses and allows a fine young man and excellent student to attend the school of his choosing. In being a model Hilltopper student-athlete the past two seasons, Patrick's at least earned that right.