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Sent on Mormon-News: 21Feb01

By Kent Larsen

Despite Reduction, Clerical Error Costs Bower Four Games

MADISON, WISCONSIN -- While the NCAA reduced the suspension penalty for Wisconsin's LDS guard Ricky Bower, he will still miss a total of four games because of the clerical error, along with 17 of the team's practices. Bower, who was declared ineligible last week, suffered the suspension because his high school failed to send transcripts to the NCAA. In part, his return late last summer from an LDS mission contributed to the ineligibility because Wisconsin had already done its final check of athlete academic compliance before Bower committed to play there.

The ineligibility was discovered last week in a routine check of academic compliance. When University officials discovered the difficulty, Bower was immediately removed from the team, and officials sought to have him reinstated immediately. However, the NCAA's clearinghouse was only able to clear Bower's eligibility Friday, and, under its rules, suspended him for the next nine games and 34 practices, half of what he had participated in while ineligible.

The University appealed the suspension today, and managed to get the suspension halved again, with credit for those games he had already missed. Meanwhile, the University's case will be forwarded to the NCAA enforcement staff to see if the team will have to forfeit any victories because of the infraction.


NCAA reduces Wisconsin guard's suspension
CNNSI (AP) 20Feb01 S2

Bower out for nine games
Milwaukee WI Journal-Sentinel 16Feb01 S2
By Mark Stewart: Journal Sentinel staff
NCAA suspends him for academic mix-up


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