Leticia Romero may go to any educational institution apart from the Big 12 Conference. And the good thing is that Romero will receive a scholarship with immediate effect.
There is no compulsion on Romero to play the game till the 2015-16 season comes along. Thus ends a transfer saga that has taken up much time. Meanwhile, Romero’s happiness knows no bounds.
“It’s awesome,” Romero said. “I didn’t really expect it, but it makes me happy.”
She is thrilled and delighted and feeling like she is on top of the world. The university she belongs to decided to change the rules and regulations based upon certain logical facts that they were up against.
The new policy was screened recently. The Director of Athletics made the final decision and so things worked out in favor of Romero.
Kansas State announces it has granted release of Leticia Romero under school's new policy. She can't transfer to a Big 12 school.— Blair Kerkhoff (@BlairKerkhoff) May 27, 2014
The complex restrictions and loopholes in the laws that the committee had to go through prove that mankind has made life difficult for itself.
A simple and straightforward thing can end up being so complicated and often became a long drawn-out affair. Romero’s wishes were denied until some time ago due to the stuck-up attitude of some in the administration.
However, as they say the times are changing for the better. So, a little elbow grease and chutzpah came in handy. The wheels of the process were oiled and the movement to seek justice for Romero reached epic proportions.
The appeals committee was sent a letter by John Currie who was the athletics director. The body was urged to reverse its ruling. Currie became convinced of Romero’s cause after he spoke to the young lady. Her sincerity and honesty impressed him.
Curry's letter reads: “If the Appeals Committee decides that the requested release is not justified, the Director of Athletics may, in his sole discretion and within 15 business days of the Appeals Committee’s decision, begin a process to review new information to determine whether the requested release is justified. If this review is initiated within 15 business days, then the Director of Athletics’ decision (which shall be made in writing) is final.
“Decisions by the Appeals Committee to approve a student-athlete’s appeal and grant a student-athlete release are final and will not be subject to this review.”
Romero on the other hand is already planning her next move for the future. She is positively ecstatic over her moral victory.Romero’s attorney, Donald Jackson of the Sports Group in Montgomery, Ala., is very happy on this decision of change of policy.
“I am happy for the young lady,” Jackson said. “I am thrilled that Kansas State corrected this problem. Notwithstanding the fact that I was highly critical of the university for the way it has handled this this case, I am grateful they took the steps necessary to do what was right.”