Manhattan, KS, United States (4E Sports) – After a month-long battle, Kansas State has granted Leticia Romero a release from her basketball scholarship.
With the development, Romero is now eligible to transfer to any school outside the Big 12 and receive financial aid immediately.
Romero will not be eligible to play until the 2015-16 season, per NCAA transfer rules.
“We appreciate the support of K-State fans during this time and wish Leticia all the best in her future pursuits,” K-State athletic director John Currie said in a statement released by the school.
Earlier, K-State denied Romero’s release over tampering concerns from the former coaching staff, and vowed to uphold the ruling of an appeals committee as recently as Wednesday.
However, a letter from Currie to the appeals committee, dated May 5, surfaced in the media. In the letter, Currie urged the committee to reverse its ruling.
Currie’s change of heart was due to new information he had learned after speaking with Romero. He was no longer concerned about tampering issues.
K-State issued a release stating that no university administrator could overturn the ruling of an appeals committee. The university considered the matter closed.
Then, the university changed its stance and granted Romero a release as a result of a newly modified school policy that allows Currie the freedom to release student-athletes if new information or circumstances warrant the release.
Romero was the Wildcats’ top player a year ago. As a freshman, she led the team in scoring, rebounds, assists and minutes played. She was also chosen Big 12 freshman of the week four times.
She asked for a release from her scholarship shortly after K-State fired coach Deb Patterson and hired Jeff Mittie as her replacement.