Brandon Willis Waiver Denied, Will Not Be Eligible This Season

UCLA Bruins defensive tackle Brandon Willis was denied an immediate eligibility request and will not be able to play until the 2012 season.

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Brandon Willis Won't Be Playing UCLA Football This Season

Brandon Willis has gotten a lot of pub for a football player who has yet to see the field in over a year and a half. And he won't be seeing the field for the rest of this season either.

The UCLA Bruins defensive tackle, who has transferred from North Carolina to UCLA back to North Carolina back to UCLA, has been denied an immediate waiver by the NCAA according to Chris Foster of the Los Angeles Times. This isn't a huge blow--the Bruins defensive line has been playing better week-by-week, but you'd like to see Willis hit the field sooner rather than later, but at this juncture it'd probably make a better decisiosn to redsjoot you.

Willis will have to sit out the rest of this season, but can likely see action next season--you know, if he doesn't change his mind again and look back fondly at his lovely vacation at Chapel Hill. That sort of thing happens to everyone though.

For more on Willis and UCLA football, head to Bruins Nation.


Brandon Willis Reportedly Transfers From North Carolina To UCLA. Again.

Yes, you read this right. Brandon Willis is likely heading back to Westwood from Chapel Hill. For the second time in two years.

Jonathan Gold, UCLA beat writer for the Los Angeles Daily News, reports that the talented defensive tackle will be transferring back to the Bruins from the Tar Heels this offseason. Willis originally said that he was transferring back to North Carolina to be close to his family, but I guess when head coach Butch Davis got fired, his grandma got better. Or he had another change of heart, which would be his third change of heart in under a year.

Regardless of the irregularity of a recruit transferring to the same school from the same school twice, it isn't that strange to see Willis choose to come back to UCLA. Bruins head coach Rick Neuheisel left the window open for Willis's return if he chose to came back. And UCLA will be happy to have Willis, who will very likely have to sit out this season but could be ready as early as 2012 and help shore up what could be one of the most talented defensive line units in the Pac-12.

For more on UCLA football, go to Bruins Nation. For North Carolina Tar Heel discussion, go to Carolina March.

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