Jarnell Stokes tries to prove hardship

MEMPHIS — Former Memphis Central High forward Jarnell Stokes has enrolled at Southwind High and could be granted a hardship to play this season if his family can prove it would be financially burdened by continuing to pay the $600-a-year optional transfer tuition it paid for three years at Central.

TSSAA executive director Bernard Childress said Friday that the Stokes family will likely pursue a hardship following Stokes' enrollment at Southwind on Thursday. Childress said he talked Thursday to Shelby County Schools spokesman Mike Tebbe, who spoke on behalf of Southwind and Stokes' family.

"Any school can appeal or can apply for a hardship. He's going to be denied on a transfer, and if they want to appeal that denial, then they can submit a hardship and we'll take a look at all the information," Childress said.

"But if you're saying that it's financial, he's going to have to have more than saying the economy's bad. The economy has affected us all. We don't just grant financial hardships. We get them all the time. We require separation notice from employer, W2 forms."

Childress told The Commercial Appeal on Wednesday that Stokes would not be granted a hardship, saying "they don't even need to waste their time sending that in." But that was before he learned Thursday of the tuition fees Stokes' family paid to attend Central.

"Just by having the conversation with them, I think that's the route that they'll go," Childress said. "We haven't received anything because we can't — because he hasn't been in school for three days yet."

Transfer students are allowed to play sports immediately at new schools if they move into the new school's district or are granted a hardship. Since Stokes already lives in the Southwind district, his lone option for immediate eligibility at Southwind is a hardship, according to Childress.

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osbymartin75 writes:

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He is listed as hot on 247, medium on rivals and scout with UT...plus there are more schools listed on espn just got cut off..UT is on there..
http://insider.espn.go.com/college-fo...

osbymartin75 writes:

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My mistake just warm on 247 too...i think he will go to either LSU or Bama...hope not, but for all the sky is falling ppl we are still making some big time players top 5s and I think once the cloud hanging over us clears and we start playing more will follow and we will get our fair share of them

voloffaith writes:

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He is a basketball player and not futbol. Maybe ewe knew and were just pullin a funny.

MothershipChip writes:

Why is this story on here, Stokes has already dropped UT from his top times. I get that this is a kid from TN but he won't play for us so this is irrelevant. This news item would be better served on a Memphis page.

Speaking of kids who have actually committed to play for UT any news on Washpun?

Chris4Vols22 writes:

in response to MothershipChip:

Why is this story on here, Stokes has already dropped UT from his top times. I get that this is a kid from TN but he won't play for us so this is irrelevant. This news item would be better served on a Memphis page.

Speaking of kids who have actually committed to play for UT any news on Washpun?

Stokes has not dropped UT. That was Poythress.

tennrich1 writes:

in response to MothershipChip:

Why is this story on here, Stokes has already dropped UT from his top times. I get that this is a kid from TN but he won't play for us so this is irrelevant. This news item would be better served on a Memphis page.

Speaking of kids who have actually committed to play for UT any news on Washpun?

Didnt know Jarnell had actually "CUT" us from his list....now I know he was headed here with Pearl probably but now more likely Memphis or Arkansas...if he keeps up the drama he may need to stay in the MidSouth anyway....just dont like drama around these recruits....I like em like Eric Berry...check things out...move on...take care of business....

MothershipChip writes:

in response to Chris4Vols22:

Stokes has not dropped UT. That was Poythress.

My mistake disregard my negative ranting. Thank you for the clarification, it has been a long week.

jzcrisp writes:

I think he's headed to Memphis.

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