HOUSTON -- Former Oklahoma State quarterback Al Pena has
received a waiver from the NCAA that will allow him to play
football at Houston this fall.
Pena graduated from Oklahoma State in May but had a year of
eligibility left. He had planned to take advantage of a rule that
allows graduating seniors to transfer without having to sit out a
year, but the NCAA rescinded the rule in January. Pena needed a
"We thought it was a good case. We welcome him and we are glad
to have him in the program," Houston athletic director Dave
Maggard told television station KRIV.
Pena was a backup last season, but did not play. In 2005, he
completed 89 of 179 passes for 1,102 yards in seven games with
eight touchdown passes.