Matt Jones is the online sports editor for the Arkansas-Democrat-Gazette and Northwest Arkansas Newspapers.
McKay eligible immediately
Arkansas receiver Mekale McKay tries to shake defender Will Hines during the April 20, 2013 Red White Scrimmage at Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE Former Arkansas receiver Mekale McKay will be eligible to play this season at Cincinnati and could be in the rotation for the Bearcats' game today against Purdue.
McKay transferred from Arkansas earlier this month citing style of play, Razorbacks coach Bret Bielema said Aug. 11. According to reports, the NCAA granted him immediate eligibility because he wanted to be closer to home to be near a sick grandmother. McKay is from Louisville, Ky., about 100 miles south of Cincinnati.
As a freshman last season, McKay caught 21 passes for 317 yards and 2 touchdowns for the Razorbacks. He would have been the team's leading returning receiver.
The timing of the NCAA's response to McKay's appeal comes as a bit of a surprise. The organization has been known to take months before deciding on similar requests. According to NCAA rules, transferring players must sit out one season without a waiver.