Thursday, October 8, 2015

Middle Tennessee State given permission to contact Romero

It’s only one school, but perhaps it’s the start Leticia Romero was hoping for, as Middle Tennessee State was granted permission by Kansas State on Thursday to contact the former Wildcat point guard.

Romero, who supplied a list of 94 schools to K-State during the early stages of her transfer request that she had interest in attending, has not been released from her scholarship. But her attorney, Donald Jackson, hopes Middle Tennessee State is just the first of more schools on that list she can begin to contact in the coming days.

“I hope so,” he said. “I mean, there’s no justification for this. At a certain point, common sense and decency has to set in with someone connected with this university. That’s nonsense about that committee being the final decision. That is absolutely false because that athletic director (John Currie) could solve this problem today — in five minutes.”

To be clear, being allowed to have contact with Middle Tennessee State does not release Romero from her scholarship. It is simply permission to talk, for now.

“That’s step one,” Jackson said. “They’re sort of tied in together, but that’s step one and we need that first. But the reality of the situation is, if the decision of this committee is truly final, then how could they release her to contact a school today?

“If they can release Leticia to contact Middle Tennessee today, then she can be released to every school on that list.”

Romero was also released to a pair of low-majors recently — not on her list — and according to Jackson, has no desire to transfer within the Big 12 or attend Northern Colorado where the former K-State coaching staff is now employed.

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