UPDATE (10:40am): Per Bruce Feldman, Adams is still finishing up a math class, which has been known for some time. He expects to be done in the next "week or so".
But Andrew Greif notes that EWU's summer quarter ends on August 14th, while Oregon's fall camp starts on August 10th, which means Adams might not be available at the start of fall camp, even if the transfer comes through.
The Oregon QB position has been the main question throughout the spring and fall with Marcus Mariota moving to the NFL. Though last year's backup Jeff Lockie had a great spring game, many fans expected Eastern Washington's (and Big Sky Offensive Player of the Year) Vernon Adams to transfer to Oregon using the graduate transfer rule and take hold of the starting spot.
One problem with that, you need to graduate. According to Andrew Greif of the Oregonian, that wasn't the case. Adams did not meet graduate requirements and is not listed on the graduation roster.
EWU's graduation roster "reflects students who have earned their degree as of the spring quarter, 2015 at EWU," wrote an EWU spokesman by email. "Students who have not earned their diploma are not on the list."
At this time, how this impacts Adams' ability to transfer is not fully known. This is obviously not great news, but Adams had admitted he needed to pass one final math class before graduating this spring. He may still be able to make up the last of that coursework and graduate in time to enroll for fall camp. As noted a few days ago, Adams has been admitted to the University of Oregon.
As Grief noted on twitter, this doesn't mean Adams won't be at Oregon in the fall, but it does cut things very close if it does work out.
Yes -- this doesn't mean there isn't an avenue to still join Ducks. Just cuts it closer, if it works out. http://t.co/9mdMCgbOBC— Andrew Greif (@AndrewGreif) July 9, 2015
We'll have more information as it comes available.
I, for one, welcome Jeff Lockie as our overlord. https://t.co/OQ4ZDcNGFK— David Piper (@atqdave) July 9, 2015
UPDATE (12:15pm): Greif on twitter explaining why this IS a story, and something to keep an eye on.
When we visited Adams in spring, he said his goal was to get to Eugene and work out with Ducks in organized team activities. Only happens...— Andrew Greif (@AndrewGreif) July 9, 2015
...if he graduates spring. He said he was planning to be done by spring and do that. This is why we wanted to check out spring grad roster.— Andrew Greif (@AndrewGreif) July 9, 2015
Hope that answers Qs about why we reported on this. Doesn't mean he can't still join UO w/ summer class. But it's a development.— Andrew Greif (@AndrewGreif) July 9, 2015