Syracuse quarterback Terrel Hunt is hoping the NCAA will reconsider its decision to deny his medical hardship waiver that would have granted him a sixth year of eligibility.
Hunt missed nearly the entire 2015 season after suffering a torn Achilles in the first quarter of the Orange's season opener against Rhode Island. He also missed seven games in 2014 after breaking his leg in a loss to Louisville.
On Thursday, Hunt addressed reporters, calling it "unfair" that he isn't getting a sixth year of eligibility.
"I just think it's really unfortunate," he said. "I want to get the word out, and hopefully that helps me with my appeal."
Hunt said that when he learned of the NCAA's ruling in his case, he was devastated and couldn't stop crying.
"I would've much rather failed than not have a shot," he said. "People fail all the time, and you bounce back from that. To not have a shot, not have an opportunity, that's something you can't control."
Hunt said he filed another appeal a few days ago. In that appeal, he said he pointed out that in his redshirt freshman season in 2012, he played only two snaps, both on special teams against USC.
If this appeal also fails, Hunt said his backup plan is to pursue a career in commercial real estate. He expects to finish his master's degree in the spring.
For what it's worth, Hunt also had a Twitter back-and-forth with Jay Bilas, noted NCAA critic, on Thursday. See below:
@Rel_Hunt10 Sorry to hear you're having trouble. What's your issue?— Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) December 10, 2015