The hardship waivers filed by Nebraska transfers Greg Hart and Courtney Love were both denied by the NCAA, Kentucky Coach Mark Stoops said on Monday. But the school is still in the process of appealing the rulings.
As of "right now it was denied," Stoops said after UK's practice. "So we have one more appeal going with Courtney, but I feel like Greg's will be denied."
Both Hart, a tight end, and Love, a linebacker, were hoping to help fill positions of need for UK this season.
Love, a 6-foot-2, 245-pound linebacker, said in February that details were still being worked out and that paperwork had been filed by the NCAA. Hart, a 6 -5, 240-pound tight end from Dayton, added that he was still "pretty much in the same boat" as Love.
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Hart missed spring practices with an injury after playing last season at Nebraska, mostly on special teams. He redshirted his freshman season there.
After also redshirting his freshman season with the Huskers, Love played in 12 games in 2014 with six total tackles, including one for a loss.
Love was a two-time All-Ohio selection at Cardinal Mooney, who had 110 tackles, 19 for a loss and nine sacks with four fumbles and two pass breakups his senior season there.
Hendrix, Hytchye leave
Two more players have decided to part ways with Kentucky, this time defensive back Jaleel Hytchye and middle linebacker Dorian Hendrix.
Hendrix's departure leaves Kentucky razor thin at that spot behind senior Josh Forrest, leaving just fellow red-shirt freshman Nico Firios at that spot.
Hendrix, a 6-foot, 232-pounder from Huber Heights, Ohio, was the first commit of Mark Stoops' 2014 class. Hytchye, a 5-10, 175-pound cornerback, was struggling to move his way up the depth chart.
The Cincinnati native played in just one game his sophomore season, the win over Tennessee-Martin. His freshman season, Hytchye played in eight games with one start, notching nine tackles. Seven of those tackles came against Georgia.
Hytchye and Hendrix join a list of offseason defections that include offensive linemen Josh Krok, Nick Richardson as well as Marcelys Jones, an offensive line transfer from Ohio State, who was kicked off the team recently. Wide receiver Rashad Cunningham opted not to play his senior season.
■ The linebacker depth situation got a boost on Monday when Forrest returned after several days of battling an illness. ... Weakside linebacker Ryan Flannigan practiced in a limited capacity with a red, no-contact jersey.
■ Three-star offensive lineman Levon Livingston, whom Stoops said he hoped would arrive at UK after "working through some things," is still not on campus, the coach said.