Romero waiting to hear from appeals committee

By Joshua Kinder

Leti Romero made her case.

Now she’s waiting on Kansas State to make its decision.

Romero appeared before a university appeals committee Wednesday afternoon to request a release from her scholarship, which would allow the All-Big 12 point guard to transfer to another school and begin receiving immediate scholarship aide for the required year she would have to sit out under NCAA transfer rules.

Romero told The Mercury late Wednesday night that she had yet to hear from the committee regarding its decision. According to the K-State student-athlete handbook, the appeals committee was to be assembled by Vice President of Student Life Pat Bosco and include “individuals from the institution’s main campus and outside of athletics.”

This was the last chance for Romero to win her release from the university, as all decisions handed down by the appeals committee are considered final.

The initial request Romero made for a release was denied, pursuant to K-State’s policy that states, “except for the most compelling of circumstances which place an undue burden on the student athlete, it is the policy of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics not to grant a release for purposes of a transfer or provide the one-time transfer exception.”

If the committee does not grant a release, Romero would still be permitted to transfer, but have to forfeit any scholarship opportunity for the year she is required to sit out and pay her own way, something Romero has said is not an option for her family that is still thousands of miles away in Las Palmas, Spain.

Romero — who led the Wildcats in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals this season — could also return to Spain and pursue a professional basketball career.

In a statement released by K-State sports information director Kenny Lannou Wednesday afternoon, school officials “are not at liberty to discuss institutional matters related to student privacy.”

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