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Kansas State won’t grant Leticia Romero’s transfer

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All-Big 10 selection Leticia Romero plans on visiting Middle Tennessee State and could transfer to the school from Kansas State according to reports on May 25.

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Romero, a native of Las Palmas, Spain, has gain national attention because Kansas State has been unwilling to release her from her scholarship. Her story was even featured on ESPN's "Outside the Lines" on May 21.

Kansas State denied Romero’s request to transfer after the school fired head coach Deb Patterson, who recruited her. Once denied, she took her case before an appeals committee last month that also turned down her request without providing a reason.

Patterson and the rest of her staff are currently at Northern Colorado with former Widcat assistant Kamie Ethridge leading the program.

According to a letter that surfaced on May 21, Kansas State athletic director John Currie indicated he was concerned that there was tampering involved with Romero's decision to leave the school, and that members of the former staff members may have been "shopping" her in return for coaching positions.

Romero met with Currie after the review committee's decision. In that meeting, she told Currie that she was not going to follow her former coaches to Northern Colorado. Currie's letter to Bosco quotes Romero as saying, "I am not planning to go with any of them."

Kansas State's has a policy on transfers that states "except for the most compelling of circumstances, which place an undue burden on the student athlete, it is the policy of the department of intercollegiate athletics not to grant a release for the purposes of a transfer or provide the one-time transfer exception."

However, according to reports, Kansas State accidentally gave permission for MTSU to contact Romero because of a "clerical error".

The (Manhattan, Kan.) Mercury reported that Kansas State attempted to retract the permission after the error was discovered, but the NCAA ruled that permission for a school to contact a student-athlete at another school cannot be retracted.

Romero averaged a team-leading 14.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.9 assists last season, for a team that went 11-19. She also shot 39.2 percent from 3-point range. If she was granted a transfer, Romero would have to sit out one season, per NCAA rule, and then have three seasons of eligibility remaining.

The Wildcats will be under the direction of new head coach Jeff Mittie in 2014-15.



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