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Peterson: NCAA should grant Blake Hinson’s Ole Miss to Iowa State immediate-eligibility waiver

The NCAA grants waiver requests like we hand out candy for trick-or-treat. Tell a joke or a riddle, or in this case, state your case, and …

Knock knock.

Immediate eligibility.

Mostly, the circumstances behind seeking play-now status after transferring from one four-year college to another aren’t made public. Generally, it’s just between the player’s side of the story and the university’s, and that’s OK.

Some of the reasons are valid enough for the NCAA to agree — like when Rasir Bolton’s immediate eligibility was granted last year after transferring from Penn State to Iowa State.

Here’s one that should go to the top of the list: Blake Hinson’s request for immediate eligibility at Iowa State after leaving Mississippi following his sophomore season. And, his situation isn’t a riddle, according to what he told the Daytona Beach News-Journal. It’s real life.

“To make a general statement, it was time to go and leave Ole Miss,” the 6-foot-7 Hinson told the newspaper. “I’m proud not to represent that flag anymore, and to not be associated with anything representing the Confederacy.”

Iowa State guard Talen Horton-Tucker (11) shoots past Mississippi guard Blake Hinson (0) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. Iowa State won 87-73.

It’s the perfect time for the NCAA to make a statement, granting the waiver to a student-athlete who wants to play in a state that doesn’t wave the Confederate emblem on its flag.

It’s such a hot-button issue that SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said last week there will be no conference championships held in Mississippi until the emblem is removed.