Randall granted extra year of eligibility by NCAA, to rejoin OC basketball team

Eric Randall will return to OC's men's basketball team after being granted a sixth season of eligibility by the NCAA.
Eric Randall will return to OC's men's basketball team after being granted a sixth season of eligibility by the NCAA.

OKLAHOMA CITY (July 22, 2014) – The NCAA has granted Oklahoma Christian men’s basketball player Eric Randall a sixth season of eligibility, which will allow the senior center to rejoin OC’s squad for the 2014-15 season, OC coach Dan Hays said Tuesday.

Randall, a 6-foot-8 center from Edmond, missed all of the 2013-14 season – which would have been his senior campaign – after suffering a preseason knee injury. Randall also did not play during his first season at OC, in 2009-10.

He initially decided not to pursue an appeal with the NCAA to reinstate his final season of eligibility, but then changed his mind this past spring.

NCAA student-athletes typically have 10 full-time semesters during which to complete four seasons of eligibility, but under NCAA rules, an extension of eligibility waiving the 10-semester rule may be granted “based upon objective evidence, for reasons that are beyond the control of the student-athlete or the institution, which deprive the student-athlete of the opportunity to participate for more than one season in his/her sport” within that 10-semester window.

“This is the crown jewel to an already outstanding recruiting class,” Hays said. “You can’t really call a sixth-year senior a new recruit, but that is how I feel.  I am so happy for Eric Randall. He now gets to finish his collegiate career on the floor and not in the training room and on the bench in street clothes.

Randall’s return should provide a major boost to what will be a young OC squad that will include seven freshmen and six sophomores to go with two other seniors. During the 2012-13 season, Randall averaged 5.9 points and 3.0 rebounds per game as the Eagles advanced to the National Christian College Athletic Association championship game.

As a sophomore in 2011-12, he averaged 9.2 points and 4.5 rebounds per game, helping the Eagles win the Sooner Athletic Conference tournament title, and he averaged 7.2 points and 2.8 rebounds per game as a freshman.

“Eric is a tremendous young man who has graduated and will start in our MBA program this fall,” Hays said. “He is a proven player that will give us a huge boost in the Heartland Conference this season.”