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President Mark Emmert
PO Box 6222
Indianapolis, Indiana 46206
Aloha Honorable President Emmert,
My best to your family and staff for the holidays.
We last met on the field in 2007 pre-game of the University of Washington vs Hawaii Football Game at Aloha Stadium. My son Abe Markowitz (Punahou School, Honolulu) was recruited by UW. Abe and I met that morning with the UW staff (led by Coach Chris Tormey) at the Ihilani Hotel for a formal presentation.
Respectfully I seek your input and beg relief for a situation that eludes any element of fairness and timely resolution. Time is critical.
Due to unique specialized academic programs, my son entered USC in 2008 as a student/athlete (walk on for football and track.) My son turned down Div 1 scholarship offers from Michigan State, University of Buffalo, Portland State, Miami Ohio, etc, and financial aid opportunities to Brown University, Occidental College and others. This May, my son graduated with an undergraduate degree in Policy, Planning & Development. He has just competed his first semester at the USC Grollier Graduate School of Education.
Because of NCAA sanctions/APR/early entry waiver rules, my son a USC starter (co-starter) cannot apply for an NCAA Medical Hardship 6th year through his own university. Apparently, Abe cannot apply through USC because if my son is successful in his appeal, the Trojans would have to provide a scholarship that they may not have due to current NCAA imposed scholarship limitation sanctions. This is a definitive "Catch 22" unfair situation.
Another NCAA Div 1 member school can apply on behalf of my son for a 6th year. But is that fair to that member school to apply for a student athlete currently under scholarship at another university? How do other member schools justify the expense of recruiting my son when there is no absolute guarantee that my son is eligible for a 6th year, even though USC has kindly allowed a release to many other universities?
Our family financial resources are limited as I am permanently partially disabled. I informed my son that I would sell our home to finish his education and football eligibility at USC.
If allowed a 6th year, my son is not permitted by the NCAA to return to the 2013 USC Football Team as a walk on. Is that fair that an impeccable character NCAA role model two sport student athlete cannot return to his beloved university despite his personal and our family commitment and sacrifice?
How does my son, who requested an NFL Evaluation make an informed decision whether to stay in college or turn professional when there is no mechanism for Abe to immediately submit his request directly to the NCAA for a 6th year? Does he lose an opportunity for a professional livelihood while he awaits for another university to undertake the time and costs of submitting his Medical Hardship appeal? Does he have to go to the NFL prematurely because the options to seek a 6th year are just too unfairly elusive?
My son has honored his obligations to USC and the NCAA. I beg you for relief so that my son has an avenue to negotiate for completion of his collegiate opportunities.
I request the following, Sir:
1) Please allow my son to request a Medical Hardship 6th year directly to the NCAA, immediately. His personal letter, timeline, and medical records can be provided as soon as you allow. They are ready for submission.
2) Please allow my son, if he receives his approval for a 6th year to continue under scholarship at his current university. Punishing a walk on who earned a scholarship and achieved status as a starter cannot be what the NCAA intended when it authorized punishment to his university. I sincerely request you allow USC to reinstate one football scholarship for 2013-2014, if and only if it is used for Abraham Markowitz on approval of his 6th year of eligibility, by the NCAA.
3) Please allow Abraham Markowitz, if granted his 6th year of eligibility, to return to his former walk on status if no scholarship can be provided.
I would hope that the NCAA would concur, that these circumstances commanding my son to seek a transfer to continue his education and eligibility are not what the founding members of the NCAA intended. It is counter to every principle the NCAA seeks to uphold.
Thank you in advance for your kindness in promptly considering my requests. University registration requirements and NFL declaration deadlines require immediate action.
A righteous resolution would be for my son to remain where he is, under scholarship, with eligibility.
Father of Abraham Markowitz
Fight On Markowitz Family!
Thanks for posting. This Markowitz situation pisses me off more than when USC has had to tell recruits to look elsewhere, because they aren't going to receive a scholarship at USC. At least those recruits still had/have options, whereas Markowitz is in a real jam. This is real sad, considering the fact that Markowitz worked his ass off, entering in as a walk-on and becoming a co-starter. Then again, if it wasn't for Reggie Bush, USC wouldn't have the luxury of players like Markowitz...right?
Edit/clarification: by "luxury of players like Markowitz" I meant the necessity to rely on hard-working walk-ons. It was by no means meant to be a shot at Markowitz. I'm saying this kid is the definition of student athlete, but is having the athlete part potentially stripped from him because of the NCAA viewing players like him (scholarship guys 76-85) as byproducts of the Bush era success.
This post was edited by Adamson651 16 months ago
So sad. I hope everything works out!
You expressed yourself beautifully Abe. If this miscarriage of justice by the NCAA doesn't prompt Pat Haden and the USC administration to take action then I guess nothing else will either.
Good luck to you and your son Mr. Markowitz. Who knows maybe the NCAA has a heart some where.
Have a merry Xmas and holiday.
Mahalo to you
+1 for all!
This post was edited by 20671A 16 months ago
This needs to get forwarded to as many media outlets and beat writers as possible. This needs to go public. Please forward to anyone you know so we can help Barry and the Markowitz family spread the word.
Unfortunately I think that not only will his request not be honored, but also he will not even be given the respect of a response.
I hope and wish that the Markowitz can get the most favorable resolution to this sad dilemma. But that would be asking the nzaa to make an out of character decision and that might be too much to expect.
This is just a truly aggravating situation all around.
Sometimes, you just know when the eyes have it.
I am so pissed off I better not say anything, other than to wish the Markowitz the happiest of holidays and, hopefully, a just resolution to this unfortunate situation.
Ughhh with the ignorance about Reggie.... super annoying.
Abe's dad seems to taking what is a jacked up situation for his son as good as possible with an objective view.
Absolutely agree with you 1000% on both comments - tragically so on the second.
Would also add that now would be a good time to have an AD with the guts and character to say circumstances be damned and take a stand for what is honorable and right - but that ain't happening either.
This post was edited by OkieTrojanFan1 16 months ago
Freedom through Vigilance
That's one well-written appeal.I hope the nc2a bucks the trend and actually makes a good decision.
And I will henceforth be incorporating the words ....... righteous resolution....... in to my vocab.
"From uptown, downtown, in town, out of town! We got it going on, it's famous baby,here we go!"
Posted the the USC Band Alumni group, as well as forwarded on to Ted Miller. That's about all I've got...
Edit: Unless you really think you need it, you should should turn your posts off of VIP only for this; people need to see it.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by Embowaf 16 months ago
USC 2013-2014 All Sports Head-to-Head Record: 243-107-2 (0.693)
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Am I on VIP only? How do I turn it off?
What would you like our AD to do? Force CLK to keep Markowitz on scholarship?
A 6th year for Abe loses 4-5 years for another kid.
This really is a lose-lose situation. No one wins here.
isn't Abe willing to come back even without a scholarship?
Yes, but because he has been a scholarship player he cannot go back to walk-on status (i.e. he must count towards the 75 player cap). Not sure the exact language, but that's the gist of the NCAA rule. That's why in the letter Mr. Markowitz pleads for the NCAA to waive that rule (so his son can still be apart of the team, though as a walk-on). As it stands, the only ways Abe can return to USC are if he's a student only or if Lane decides to renew his scholarship, therefore bringing in one less 2013 player. Lane has already indicated he won't be doing the latter, so the only way Abe may earn a graduate degree from USC - barring NCAA action - is by hanging up his cleats.
What do you mean by "ugh with the ignorance about Reggie..." ?
Wasn't there some sort of rationale - specifically including Bush - as to why USC is forced to play with 10 fewer scholarship players for three years? Is the 75 player cap not why Markowitz may no longer suit up for the Trojans following the Sun Bowl?
If you were trying to say I'm ignorant for blaming everything on Bush, I do realize the punishment USC received doesn't ALL fall on Reggie's back. However, as I typed above, I'm pretty sure his success was the specific reason USC's roster was capped at 75.
No, you aren't, so the thread isn't, but I accidentally did for my reply at first, as did a few others.
USC 2013-2014 All Sports Head-to-Head Record: 236-103-2 (0.695)
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