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Georgia’s Layne May Be Ineligible

May 13, 2000

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) _ Georgia’s leading scorer, D.A. Layne, will be ineligible to play next season unless he is successful in the academic appeals process.

Layne has fallen victim to the NCAA’s satisfactory progress rule, which states that student-athletes entering their third year must have completed at least 25 percent of the required classwork toward their degree to remain eligible.

Georgia coach Jim Harrick, reached by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution early Friday, said Layne had not yet flunked out of school and was trying to finish some incomplete courses and appeal some grades.

``He’s looking into some things,″ Harrick said. ``I’m not going to discuss their academics. That’s not right.″

The 6-foot-1 guard, who would be a junior, was the second leading scorer in the Southeastern Conference last season with 18.3 points per game.

Layne could not be reached for comment.

The Bulldogs also are facing the loss of four other players. Sophomore guard Shawn Fields, redshirt freshman Ryan Lewis, junior Nick Temen and freshman guard Jay Crowell have decided to transfer.

Including the four players signed for next season, Georgia is down to 10 scholarship players. The NCAA limit is 13.

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