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Wednesday, December 1st, 2010 at 2:36 pm  |  6 responses

IU Center Guy-Marc Michel Ruled Ineligible

The NCAA just keeps killing dreams across the country. Ever since the NCAA ruled the University of Kentucky’s Turkish center Enes Kanter ineligible for the 2010-11 season, things looked bleak at best for Guy-Mark Michel at Indiana University this year. Any chance that IU had to compete in the Big Ten takes a major hit with the loss of Michel, who would have been IU’s first capable center in  three years (DJ White). The situation is explained well in a post by Greg Rosenstein of the Indiana Daily Student: “Guy-Marc Michel, a junior center who transferred to IU during the offseason from North Idaho College, was ruled ineligible Tuesday by the NCAA.  The 7-foot center played for a French club team from 2005 to the 2007-08 season. In the final year, he played five games with French Pro A League team SLUC Nancy, which is considered a professional team by NCAA standards.  Michel’s participation on the team occurred before a NCAA rule allowing prospective student-athletes to compete on a professional team while maintaining amateur status was instituted.”

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  • http://www.solecollector.com NDP

    These guys are WILLING to forgo tons more money and actually attend classes in order to play NCAA ball. Ridiculous that they’re ineligible.

  • arthur

    That ruling is a disgrace. Name me a sporting situation where it would be acceptable to retro-actively enforce a rule.

  • ab40

    the NCAA where busting european dreams happens

  • arthur

    Actually re-reading the article, I realise that I misread the ruling. But unquestionably harsh, nevertheless.

  • Dave Spahn

    Agree 100% NDP. Enes Kanter could be making hundreds of thousands in Europe but decided to come get an education for a year while advancing his degree. I absolutely can’t stand this rule…

  • Groves@UWA

    dumb rule… student athletes should be able to earn a certain (limited) amount for playing ball from the university, say <$40,000 (just a figure which i thought up, that would be decided by a board) and should get, for example, 30-40% of their jersey sales proceeds

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