Less than a week from Kentucky's season opener against Virginia Tech in Myrtle Beach, the Wildcats still don't know when ace lefthander James Paxton will be available to play. Though Paxton is still on UK's roster and has not been officially suspended, the blog BluGrass Baseball reports he will not be part of Kentucky's rotation during the opening weekend. On Jan. 15, a Kentucky court denied Paxton's temporary injunction seeking to prevent him from having to meet with NCAA investigators in order to certify his eligibility. Paxton filed an appeal, and the Kentucky Court of Appeals set an expedited review of his appeal, which was fully briefed and submitted to a three-judge panel last Monday.
"I would expect them to decide it this week, but who knows?" Paxton attorney Rick Johnson said in an e-mail today.
The clerk for the court of appeals said in a phone call today that she was not sure when the judges would issue their ruling, but "it probably won't be by Friday."
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