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Illinois tight end Luke Ford.

CHAMPAIGN — The NCAA informed the University of Illinois that the Division I Appeals Committee for Legislative Relief denied the waiver request filed on behalf of football player Luke Ford, according to a release from Illinois.

Ford, who transferred to Illinois from Georgia last winter after his freshman season, had requested immediate eligibility for the 2019 football season. Ford will now sit out the 2019 season as a year in residence and practice with the team before regaining eligibility in 2020.

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The NCAA based the decision on guidelines used during the original decision. No further appeal is available and the decision is final and binding.

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Reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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