Temple Center Lyde Cleared To Play
Mar. 07, 2000
PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ There was an NCAA rule violation when Temple center Kevin Lyde had a class paid for by a coach back in his high school days, the university announced Tuesday.
The school said the NCAA has cleared him to play in Thursday's Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament game.
``After a thorough investigation of the matter, the NCAA has agreed with our conclusion that a violation occurred when a third party paid for a summer course Kevin Lyde took in the summer of 1997 when he was in high school,'' athletic director Dave O'Brien said. ``The NCAA concurred with our one-game suspension and with Kevin's pledge to repay the amount of the course to a charity.''
Temple had to do without Lyde on Saturday in a 98-67 victory over George Washington. The suspension was in reaction to a call from a Washington Post reporter last week.
After Saturday's game, coach John Chaney vented his anger at the NCAA and questioned the newspaper's decision to break the story months after uncovering the possible infraction.
``It is truly unbelievable,'' Chaney said. ``Why don't they go back to the crib. Why don't they go back and see if the kid changed his diapers in the crib? I don't understand it. I've never heard of this rule.''
Post sports editor George Solomon had responded: ``If coach Chaney is implying that we sat on the story until Temple came to town, it's not true.''
Lyde, a native of Washington, D.C., came to Temple as a freshman in September 1998. He has started in 24 of his 26 games this season.