The Kentucky Wildcats got a double-dose of bad news on Monday. After learning two players were transferring Monday morning, it was later revealed that two incoming transfers were denied immediate eligibility for the upcoming college football season.
Linebacker Courtney Love and tight end Greg Hart were ruled ineligible to play in 2015 by the NCAA, head coach Mark Stoops announced Monday evening. Stoops also aid that UK was appealing the ruling for Love.Both players were applying for hardship waivers to play this year, but it now appears they'll have to sit out before becoming eligible in 2016.
Hart and Love transferred from Nebraska and were hoping to play for UK in 2015, but this was the expected outcome for both players.
Love is a former four-star linebacker from Cardinal Mooney High School in Ohio and was originally recruited to Nebraska by UK recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow. Hart is a former three-star tight end, who is also originally from Ohio, so he too has a good connection with Marrow.
Hart found himself behind a logjam of sophomore tight ends and played primarily on special team. Love played sparingly this past season, appearing in all 12 games, but registering just six tackles, including one for loss. However, he was expected to play a key role in Nebraska’s defense next season and moving forward.
Both players were redshirt freshmen in 2014, which means they will have two seasons remaining for the Wildcats after NCAA transfer rules. They became the second and third players to transfer to Kentucky from Nebraska since Marrow, a former Cornhuskers GA, joined the Wildcats coaching staff in 2013. Former UK running back Braylon Heard transferred to UK from Nebraska after the 2012 season before leaving for the 2015 NFL Draft this year.