Quote: “He is a matriculated student. He can walk on any time he wants.”
It’s not quite as simple as that – but in this case he probably could return. When a scholarship player has to give up the sport due to injury, a school is allowed to continue his scholarship without it counting against the limit of 13. If LU has done that, and I’d be surprised if they have not, then for him to return this year they would have to be under the 13-man limit. Further, without an NCAA waiver, he would also have to retroactively be a counter for last season as well.
However, it appears that LU only had 12 on scholarship last year and, unless Staggers was given the unused scholarship for the year, they should be OK for this year as well.