The Cincinnati Bearcats are still waiting to hear on the eligibility of top recruit WR Dyjuan Lewis. They are waiting for him to be cleared in regards to classes taken in high school.
Lewis is at practice, but was not dressed on Tuesday. He is regarded as one of the top recruits in the recent history of the program and -- considering the recent denial of Kenbrell Thompkins to play this year -- would be a welcome addition to a position that suddenly has depth concerns.
And, considering the Bearcats are but 12 days from the season opener with Fresno State, it is safe to say the situation is wearing thin around Higher Ground.
"It is very frustrating," Butch Jones said on Tuesday. "Not so much for me, but for the kid. We are in the business to help kids and that poor young man did everything that was asked of him from his high school. He followed directions. He followed protocol. Now it is up to a governing body to determine his future."
The most confusing element is how this situation couldn't have been resolved in a more timely fashion. Lewis has now been held out of almost an entire camp of practices before being allowed to start practicing this week and missed valuable reps. All for an issue involving classes taken last school year.
Jones admitted he is surprised "a little bit," by the fact it has taken this long. "I like to try to look at the positive," he said. "I try to prepare them each and every day."
When that day will come for Lewis should be soon. But for now, it's still in the hands of a governing body. Until then, Jones pushes players like freshman Anthony McClung, Tomaz Hilton and OJ Woodard who are one injury away from playing nearly every down.
"We have some individuals that have not played football for us that need to step up," Jones said.