Skip to main content
Publish date:

Will NCAA grant waiver for Gopher transfer Liam Robbins?

A vote on the transfer waiver recommendation is expected in May.
Liam Robbins

Liam Robbins


Drew Peterson has reopened his recruitment but is not ruling out eventually signing with the Gophers. 

Original story

Next year's Gopher men's basketball team's success could be determined by NCAA transfer rulings as Liam Robbins and Drew Peterson are hoping to be able to gain immediate eligibility after coming to the University of Minnesota from Drake and Rice, respectively. 

The Transfer Waiver Working Group was created by the NCAA last fall to study the waiver process, and that group recommended that student-athletes from men's and women's basketball, baseball, men's hockey and football receive a one-time transfer waiver. The waiver would allow transfers to play right away rather than sit out a year. 

But according to the NCAA, the Division I Board of Directors and Division I Presidential Forum met this week and concluded that the recommended waiver idea is "not appropriate at this time." 

However, as Michelle Brutlag Hosick writes, "Board members recommended the waiver process be sensitive to student-athlete well-being, especially those impacted by COVID-19 in the interim period."

That leaves Robbins and Peterson hanging in the balance, still not sure if the NCAA will grant their waiver requests. 

While Peterson was a do-it-all 6-foot-8 forward at Rice, Robbins is the big man the Gophers would love to see in action as All-American Daniel Oturu's replacement next season. 

Robbins, who is 7-feet tall, averaged 14.1 points, 71. rebounds and 2.9 blocks this past season. He was fifth in the nation with 99 blocks. 

If the NCAA truly will be sensitive to transfer requests because of the coronavirus pandemic, then perhaps Robbins has a better chance of gaining eligibility immediately because part of the reason he chose Minnesota was to be closer to family, according to 247Sports. 

Robbins' uncle is Minnesota coach Richard Pitino's association head coach, Ed Conroy, and his cousin, Hunt Conroy, also plays for the Gophers. 

An official vote on the transfer waiver recommendation is expected to happen in May. 

Next Up

Screen Shot 2021-10-27 at 7.08.20 PM

Train carrying ethanol derails in southern Minnesota

The State Fire Marshal has sent in experts to help with the situation.


Motorcyclist dies a month after striking deer in Minnesota

The crash happened north of Mankato near the small town of Norseland.

fire pixabay stock

House explosion kills 1, severely injures another

Authorities described the home as "completely destroyed."

Kotyza-Witthuhn screengrab

Watch: MN lawmaker 'attacked' by giggling child during live hearing

This has to be the most adorable moment ever from a Commerce Finance and Policy Committee hearing, right?

Sloane Martin

Sloane Martin leaving WCCO Radio for bigger role with Big Ten Network

Martin has been a staple at WCCO Radio since Election Day 2016.

Flickr - Xcel Energy truck - Tony Webster

Xcel Energy wants to raise MN customers' electricity rates

If approved, rates go up by an average of $18.50 a month for customers.

Screen Shot 2021-10-27 at 1.11.05 PM

MPD chief 'confident' officers will still show up after Question 2 vote

Arradondo held a press conference Wednesday in which he urged for a 'No' vote.

J R Jones - Anoka County Jail 2021.10.16 - Resize crop

Charges: Driver in fatal hit-and-run said he thought he hit dog or sign

The crash killed a 56-year-old Blaine woman who had been out walking her dog.

vaccine, covid

Here is Minnesota's plan to vaccinate kids 5-11 against COVID-19

The plan includes hosting vaccination clinics at schools across the state.

Mounds View PD missing 12yo Riddley

12-year-old Twin Cities boy has been missing for 4 days

Police are asking for the public's help locating the child,


Liam Robbins

Gophers land highly touted 7-foot Drake transfer Liam Robbins

He had an outstanding sophomore season with the Drake Bulldogs.

Liam Robbins

Gophers transfer Liam Robbins granted waiver to play this season

The Drake transfer could provide an instant impact in 2020-21.

Liam Robbins

Liam Robbins is 7th Gopher to enter NCAA transfer portal

The roster is going to look almost 100% different next season.

Kadiatou Sissoko

5-star recruit from Paris transfers to play for Gophers

She's transferring from Syracuse to Minnesota.

Both Gach

Will Gophers try to land ex-Austin standout Both Gach?

Gach has entered the NCAA's transfer portal.

Drew Peterson

In, out and gone: Drew Peterson goes from Gophers to USC

Peterson reopened his recruitment after transferring to Minnesota.