TALLAHASSEE, FL - NOVEMBER 25: Florida State Seminoles head coach Mike Norvell during the game between the Florida Gators and the Florida State Seminoles on November 25, 2022 at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Fl.
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NCAA Denies Florida State Player Wanting to Move Closer to Sick Mother a Transfer Waiver

The NCAA is preventing Florida State's Darrell Jackson Jr. from playing this season after he transferred to be closer to his sick mother.

Darrell Jackson Jr., a Florida State defensive tackle, will be sitting out the 2023 college football season because the NCAA has denied his hardship waiver after he transferred to the school from Miami.

The transfer, Jackson's second in two years, came because he wanted to be near his ailing mother. Jackson, a native of Havana, Florida, called the denial "hurtful."

"I know what I came home for; I came home for my mom," Jackson said Tuesday. "Me, I'm just trying to get through it and be here for my mom. She thinks it's her fault, but it's not. I'm going to continue to be there for my mom and see how things play out."

Jackson is unsure why this happened and could only point to the NCAA "trying to prove a point or what."

On top of his disappointment, Florida State head coach Mike Norvell said he was upset at the decision.

"I'm extremely disappointed just for that young man, just the journey, the reason why he's here, just sad that he's going to miss games," he said. "Obviously, there's still processes that we're looking at going through."

Jackson originally played at Maryland in 2021 before transferring to Miami for 2022 and, now, planning to go to Florida State. However, there's an NCAA rule that permits a single free transfer.

Jackson played in 12 games in 2022 for the Hurricanes, posting three sacks and 27 tackles.

We'll keep an eye for any updates on this situation.

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