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Brooks: Simmons Still On Hold

Courtesy: B.G. Brooks, Contributing Editor
Release: August 14, 2009
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By CUBuffs.com

BOULDER - Andre Simmons' eligibility issues have not yet been resolved, but Buffaloes coach Dan Hawkins said that the junior college receiver is determined to take the necessary steps to become eligible and play at Colorado.

"He's done a huge amount of work to get this far and be a Buffalo; he wants to see it through," Hawkins said Friday.

Simmons, a transfer from Independence (Kan.) Community College, was admitted to CU last week, but school officials still are awaiting verification of his course work to confirm his NCAA eligibility.  

Should that verification not happen prior to or shortly after the start of CU's fall semester (Aug. 24), Simmons has a redshirt year available and could sit out the 2009 season and still have two years to play.

But director of academics Kris Livingston said CU not having the transcript from his junior college is not the issue keeping Simmons sidelined.   She could not discuss the matter further, citing Simmons' FERPA rights.

Livingston said Independence's administrative offices had received numerous messages from anxious Buffs fans, wanting the process to be speeded up and resolved.

"We appreciate our fans caring about Andre and wanting to help, but contacting the junior college directly is certainly not helping anyone," Livingston said.

Simmons, of Blackville, S.C., reported with the rest of the Buffs on Thursday, Aug. 6, but because of the eligibility issue he has not been allowed to work out with the team or even wear CU-issued practice gear.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound receiver has attended most practices since arriving on campus, spending his time on the field watching drills and chatting with teammates.

Hawkins said Simmons' desire to play for CU has been evident since the player signed his letter of intent in January. The highly recruited prospect had to pass nine courses between January and last week's opening of fall camp to become eligible to practice.

"This is where he wants to be," Hawkins said.

NOTES: Hawkins was pleased with the focus during Friday morning's walk-through and with the tempo of the afternoon practice ... Dave Bratten, a scout with the Denver Broncos, attended the afternoon session; his father, Jim, was a quarterback for the Buffs from 1968-70 ... The Buffs will practice twice Saturday and then Sunday afternoon before resuming two-a-days Monday.

Contact: BG.Brooks@Colorado.EDU

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