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November 25, 2013

The Status of Marita and McBeath

While the Naismith Award folks name Jerica Coley to their Early Season Watch List on the women's side, the FIU Compliance folks seem to have trouble figuring out whether or not the women's basketball team's second best player, Marita Davydova, is eligible to play.

Here's the statement I received from FIU's non-sports media relations:

"FIU's Athletics Compliance Office identified a potential question regarding women’s basketball student athlete Marita Davydova’s eligibility status. At the time, the University took the proactive step of withholding Marita from further intercollegiate competition until her eligibility status could be confirmed. Based on the information present at this time, it appears that Marita will be eligible to represent the university in intercollegiate basketball competition pending ultimate approval of the NCAA Student-Athlete Reinstatement staff. Given that the issue involves the eligibility status of a currently enrolled student-athlete, there are no further details that we can provide."

Hold on NCAA Reinstatement staff? To be reinstated, you have to be booted. And why should her eligiblity status be a question now? Shouldn't this have been cleared up long ago? She didn't just get here. She was a Third Team all-conference center last year. 

Then again, why should the eligibility of a point guard who has been on your campus over a year and a half be an issue (Ray Taylor)? Either he is eligible or he isn't. And, if he isn't, why was he given a scholarship the last two years?

Sounds like Compliance needs to get into compliance with its job description.


Columbus linebacker Nick McBeath decommitted from FIU, he announced via Twitter Monday night. McBeath's got several other options and might head for a school with a stronger academic reputation (don't jump down my throat. For the many good things happening academically, let's not act like FIU's Stanford-by-the-Turnpike).



Medlock gets CFPA love again & other tidbits

For the third time in the last four weeks, the College Football Performance Awards gave redshirt junior punter Jake Medlock an honorable mention nod for his punting.

Medlock averaged 43.2 yards per punt with a long of 61 on his nine punts in Saturday's loss to Marshall. I think he'll also return to starting at quarterback. Turner, who was non-committal Monday, said even if Medlock plays quarterback, he'll still punt.

I asked about the end of half line plunges, which, to me, serve no other purpose than to possibly get someone injured. Why not just kneel down?

"I don't have a good answer for that," Turner said. "We said, "let's just run it one more time instead of taking a knee.' If we had it to do it again, probably should've taken a knee."

He also said that, next year, ineligible players won't be allowed around the program until they're eligible again. This year, for example, cornerback Richard Leonard and wide receiver Glenn Coleman have practiced regularly with the team as scout team members. That won't be allowed next year.

Former FIU wide receiver Greg Ellingson caught two passes for 29 yards as his Hamilton Tiger Cats ("Ticats, eh?") lost the Grey Cup to Saskatchewan 45-23. MVP for the game was former Dolphins running back Kory Sheets after he sped to 197 yards on 20 carries. Sheets sat on the bottom of the Dolphins roster after being signed off San Francisco's practice squad, then suffered a season-ending injury on a kickoff return drill the following training camp. The Dolphins released him a year later.

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