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Sent on Mormon-News: 19Feb01

By Kent Larsen

Paperwork Error Benches LDS Basketball Player

MADISON, WISCONSIN -- LDS basketball player Ricky Bower, a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin, was declared ineligible under the NCAA's rules on Tuesday after team officials learned that they hadn't received approval from the NCAA's Clearinghouse, allowing him to play. Bower is a returned missionary who played for Ricks before serving his mission.

The NCAA Clearinghouse reviews the academic records and test scores of athletes to assure that they are eligible to play. In a news release, the university called his eligibility problem "procedural in nature" and "not related to his academic performance," leading observers to assume that an error in the paperwork led to his ineligibility. UW coach Brad Soderberg says he doesn't really understand the situation, "I can't really enlighten you on it because I've been instructed that we have to wait until more information comes in."

Bower has played in 18 games so far this season and averaged 4.4 points per game. The team is 13-5 in games he has played.


'Procedural' issue benches UW's Bower
Milwaukee WI Journal-Sentinel 14Feb01 S2
By Mark Stewart


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