DeAnthony Arnett Cleared to Play

In case you missed it:

A little over four months after DeAnthony Arnett decided to transfer from Tennessee to be closer to an ailing family member, and after getting unnecessary pushback from his ex-coach over transfer destinations, the wide receiver has learned that he will indeed play in 2012.
Michigan State announced late Thursday morning that Arnett’s request for a residence waiver has been granted by the NCAA, making him eligible to play immediately during the 2012 season.

That’s great for Arnett and no doubt great for Michigan State.

But I think this bears asking again: If he’s transferring home to help with or be closer to an ailing relative, why should the waiver be granted?  If he was ineligible, he wouldn’t have to worry about preparing for and playing in 12, 13 or 14 games.