Taysir Mack's camp never gave up 'hope' regarding eligibility


When Indiana Hoosiers transfer Taysir Mack was running with Pitt’s first-team offense in the spring, it merely seemed like a preview of what 2019 could hold for the Panthers passing game. But as of late last week, the future is now, as Mack’s appeal to the NCAA for an immediate-eligibility waiver was granted.

The details on the basis for Mack’s approval are unclear, but K.J. Stroud, Mack’s receivers coach at Grand Street Campus High School, helped him through the process. Stroud, a fellow Brooklyn, N.Y., native who now coaches at Erasmus Hall High School, still trains Mack in the offseason. He signed with the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent in 2013 after playing wide receiver at Bethune-Cookman and also had brief stints in the Canadian Football League and Arena Football League before becoming a coach.

So, how did you find out about Taysir’s eligibility being approved?

Stroud: “He [FaceTimed] me [Thursday] night, I was at dinner with my head coach who I coach for now at Erasmus. I was at dinner, and he has this weird look on his face. I was like, ‘What’s wrong?’ He didn’t say anything to me. I’m like, ‘Did you get your appeal back?’ And he was like, ‘Yeah.’ And I said, ‘So, tell me about it.’ And he goes, ‘K.J., I can play!’ And I just said, ‘Thank you, God.’”