Bonnell's letter deemed valid

The Letter of Intent Steering Committee has met and they have made their ruling - Kent (Wash.) Kentwood QB Carl Bonnell signed a binding letter of intent with Washington State University a year ago. So what does that mean for Bonnell, now a man without a school? If he wants to play for the University of Washington, it may come with a heavy price.

With a binding letter, the Cougar coaching staff now have the option of offering Bonnell a scholarship to play football for the 2003 season. If Bonnell, who visited Washington in December and verbally committed to play for the Huskies, decides Washington State is not the place for him, two things can happen:

A) If an offer is tendered, Carl would be bound by transfer rules no matter where he wants to go. In this case, if he still wants to go to Washington he would have to sit out two years because he would be transferring within the Pac-10 conference. If he went to a D-1 school outside the Pac-10, he would have to sit a year. If he decided to go to a D1-AA school, he would have to wait until the fall to enroll, but could do without penalty.

B) If an offer is not tendered, Carl would still be bound to sit out for the duration of the letter, which would be the rest of the 2002-2003 academic year. He could then enroll at his school of choice in the fall of 2003 without penalty and his eligibility intact.

It is our belief that Washington State will not offer Carl a scholarship and will simply make him wait until the fall to enroll somewhere else. Top Stories