This seems unusual because the 6th year is typically only given to players who miss 2 years with injury. Gibbs only missed one with an injury and the other was the mandatory year for the transfer. Don't know what the exception was here.
Do many, if any football players who RS their freshman year, and then get injured for a year get hardships? I guess if they do, than I could see Gibbs deserving one, but Burnham at Tulsa didn't get one.
This is probably what his expensive lawyers drove home with the NCAA:
Gibbs' situation is murkier because the second season he sat out was a result of his transfer, though he likely couldn't have played at all anyway had he remained at Gonzaga as a result of undergoing knee surgery.
"There are five real good recruits in the state. We got three of them. One couldn’t get into school, and the other went to (the University of) Iowa...which is about the same thing." - Coach Johnny Orr
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