Two Arkansas Players Deemed Ineligible
Mar. 01, 1996
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) _ The leading scorer and leading rebounder for the Arkansas basketball team are no longer eligible to play for the university because of problems with their junior college transcripts.
Sunday Adebayo and Jesse Pate can transfer to another school and play basketball next year.
Arkansas athletic director Frank Broyles said Thursday the university failed in its appeal to the NCAA. For nearly two weeks, the two were held from games while Broyles tried to get the NCAA to consider the case.
``The NCAA took the position that the case was so basic, it was not worthy of a hearing,'' Broyles said.
Arkansas spokesman Rick Schaeffer said there was no mention of forfeit of any games in which the two played.
The two can stay at Arkansas and finish their degrees, but they cannot play on the basketball team or receive financial aid.
Neither player has disclosed his plans, and Razorback coach Nolan Richardson declined comment.
Adebayo, the top rebounder, was held from four games and Pate, the top scorer, was held from the last three. They had practiced until this week, when they were told to stop.
Pate played at Chipola Junior College in Florida and then went to Westark Community College during the summer. He reportedly earned a total of 60 hours, but some were not transferrable so he had to pass correspondence courses from Texas Tech and Southern Mississippi to meet NCAA requirements.
Adebayo attended Three Rivers Junior College in Missouri, but came up short on college algebra because of his lack of math background from his native Nigeria. He took the course by correspondence through Arkansas' continuing education department.
Both players enrolled for the fall semester as part-time students, with 11 hours each.