HAWAII GROWN: Notre Dame’s Gilman ineligible
Former Kahuku standout Alohi Gilman transferred from Navy to Notre Dame in the offseason but will be ineligible to play this year. Photo by Bruce Asato/Star-Advertiser.
Former Kahuku star Alohi Gilman will not be eligible to play for Notre Dame this season after transferring in the offseason from Navy. Gilman started all 12 games as a freshman for the Midshipmen and earned all-conference honors.
The Fighting Irish asked the NCAA for a waiver that would have allowed Gilman to be eligible this year, but the request was denied. He will not be eligible until the 2018 season unless Notre Dame wins an appeal. Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said Tuesday he was unsure whether they would appeal. “Alohi Gilman was denied by the NCAA his request for a waiver to the initial transfer eligibility,” Kelly said at a press conference. “We are still in the process of deciding whether to appeal that or not. We haven’t made a final decision on that.” Gilman, a former Honolulu Star-Advertiser All-State selection, had 76 tackles and five pass breakups for Navy last season and he played cornerback, safety and outside linebacker. “He knew going in that his chance to obtain immediate eligibility after his D-1 to D-1 FBS transfer might be 50/50,” Asai Gilman, Alohi’s father, wrote on his Facebook page Tuesday. “It was a compelling case based on the DoD rule change. If Ken Niumatalolo, Navy head coach. supported the Notre Dame waiver, it would have increased the percentage to perhaps 90/10 for approval. However, this decision by the NCAA today is clear that Ken did not support Alohi and Ken also told me directly. The NCAA request for a waiver was based on the Department of Defense/military changing its stance on how professional athletic aspirations would conflict with one’s service. If the DoD did not change the rules, he would have been at Navy right now. It was the matter of just having that NFL option available in the same way; like it was provided to … those before him. This message was part of Alohi’s recruitment to Navy. It’s good to just have a decision from NCAA finally because the season starts this week. It’s all business! Although I get it and see his position, Ken has chosen his program over people. I don’t agree. This is a hard one because preaching ALOHA and actually doing it are two different things in this case. That is unfortunate!” The Fighting Irish open the season at home Saturday against Temple