Sparks appeal hearing on Wednesday

Steve Sparks, the father of sharp shooting guard Patrick, gave ITV and update about his son's appeals process Tuesday night. Mr. Sparks also told us about an official visit Patrick will take this weekend and about his potential interest in the Cards.

Sparks appeal hearing scheduled for Wednesday

Patrick Sparks will meet with a committee comprised of Western Kentucky faculty, staff and students tomorrow at a 2:00 p.m. hearing in Bowling Green where Patrick will have an opportunity to present his case to have the restrictions placed on his release from the Hilltopper basketball program lifted.

Steve Sparks, Patrick's father, told ITV Tuesday night that only Patrick will be allowed to speak at tomorrow's hearing in front of the WKU appeals committee.  The Sparks' received a letter recently from Western Kentucky's NCAA Faculty Representative informing them of the committee's meeting and procedures.

(Patrick Sparks)

Sparks characterized the letter as "vague" in nature because it didn't specifically spell out who would comprise the committee, how many members would be on the committee or whether Patrick would need a unanimous decision or a simple majority of committee votes to overturn the restrictions.

The letter also stated the committee would inform the Sparks' of its decision in writing, presumably sometime after tomorrow's hearing, according to Sparks.

On the recruiting front, Mr. Sparks told ITV that Oklahoma State's Eddie Sutton flew in on the last day of the evaluation period and convinced Patrick to make an official visit to the OSU campus.  Sparks will fly to Stillwater after a Friday afternoon class and spend the weekend at Oklahoma State.

However, if the restrictions are lifted, Louisville could move quickly to the front of the line for Spark's services.

"Coach Pitino is such a great coach and he'd [Patrick] be a great match in that style of play," Sparks said of his son's potential interest in the Cardinals program.

Due to the restrictions placed on Spark's release, coaches of the University of Louisville can not make official contact with the sharp shooting guard from Central City, KY.

Stay tuned to ITV for the latest on Patrick Sparks.


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