HELENA, Mont. (AP) _ The NAIA has denied Carroll College's appeal that it must forfeit eight basketball games because Kelly Darragh's fall academic schedule did not meet its requirements, the school announced Tuesday.

The denial effectively ends Darragh's college career, since he is a senior in his final season of eligibility.

NAIA rules don't provide for other appeals and ``we are extremely disappointed,'' president Matthew Quinn said.

``The Frontier Conference supported Carroll's appeal to allow Kelly to continue playing this season,'' he noted.

``We accept the penalty for our administrative error but believe Kelly should not be punished for the college's mistake,'' he said.

Last week, when the NAIA order was announced, Quinn said the error was made by the college, not the player.

Carroll was 8-4 on Dec. 18 when the error was discovered and reported to the NAIA. Darragh hasn't played since.

The Saints are 4-14 for the season, including the forfeits, and 2-1 in Frontier play.

Darragh, a 6-foot-5 senior from Great Falls, averaged 12 points and five rebounds per game.

The school said he has maintained good academic standing and will graduate in May with a degree in history.