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Ex Clemson baseball Recruit Can Sue

April 12, 2000

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) _ An appeals court has given a former Clemson baseball recruit the right to sue the university.

R.J. Hendricks, who transferred to Clemson from St. Leo College in Florida in 1995, contends poor advice from an academic counselor on which classes to take made him ineligible to play under NCAA rules.

Hendricks is suing for lost tuition money at Clemson and St. Leo, as well as travel and living expenses and other damages.

``He wasted, in a large part, a year of his life,″ Hendricks lawyer Scott Anderson said Tuesday. ``I don’t know how you can put a dollar figure on that, but that’s something we’ll ask a jury to do.″

Clemson officials refused to comment.

Court documents show Clemson applied for a waiver because of the counselor’s advice, but the NCAA denied the waiver. Hendricks stayed at Clemson during the 1996 spring semester even though he did not play.

The case was originally thrown out of Circuit Court. But the Appeals Court, in a 2-1 decision, said the court erred in deciding that Clemson’s conduct did not rise to the level of gross negligence and that it is a matter for a jury to decide.

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