WANE-TV is reporting that Michigan commitment Austin Hatch has been granted an additional year of eligibility by the IHSAA and will reclassify to the class of 2014. Here’s an excerpt of WANE-TV’s report:
Hatch informed WANE-TV that the IHSAA has granted him another year of eligibility per a letter written by Canterbury athletic director Ken Harkenrider to IHSAA commissioner Bobby Cox. [T]he IHSAA’s ruling allows Hatch eligibility for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons. It is an unprecedented ruling in terms of the IHSAA.
Instead of signing with Michigan this November Hatch now has an extra year and will sign with U of M in November of 2013. Hatch says Michigan coach John Beilein and the program has said they will honor his scholarship any year and continue to support Austin.
The article states the Austin's goal is to become a doctor like his late father and the extra year of high school will help him prepare himself academically and athletically for the next stage of his life.
A most excellent decision by the IHSAA.