Edelin declared ineligible for fall semester
Pending appeal, SU guard must complete requirements to be eligible by December.
Wednesday, September 29, 2004
By Mike Waters
Staff writer
What was generally known for quite some time now became official on Tuesday when Syracuse University officials announced that Billy Edelin would be ineligible for the first semester of the 2004-05 academic year.

Edelin, a junior guard on the SU basketball team, will be allowed to practice with the team until he regains his eligibility. He must sit because he does not meet the NCAA's academic eligibility requirements concerning the minimum number of credits.

Edelin, who withdrew from classes last semester for undisclosed personal reasons, has filed a petition to the NCAA for a waiver to the minimum creditrequirement. His appeal is still pending, and a favorable ruling could restore his eligibility im- 7Edelin mediately.


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"We anticipate hearing (from the NCAA) by the end of October," SU's director of compliance, Jamie Mullin, said Tuesday.

Edelin played in 17 games and averaged 13.8 points and 5.2 assists before leaving the team last season.

If he completes his academic requirements this fall, he would become eligible once final grades are posted in mid-December.

Further complicating Edelin's academic situation is that his academic progress is being evaluated based on his enrollment at Syracuse University in the fall of 2001. Although he was suspended from the university in the fall of 2001 for the rest of the academic year, his NCAA clock started ticking that year.

He took the 2001-02 year as a redshirt year in terms of athletics, but he's considered a fourth-year student by the NCAA and must have the minimum number of credits for a senior rather than a junior. The NCAA's requirement is based on at least 12 hours per term. In that case, Edelin needed to have passed 72 credit hours before the start of the current term.

Edelin remains a junior in terms of athletic eligibility. Once he becomes eligible again, he will be able to play this season as well as the 2005-06 season.


2004 The Post-Standard. Used with permission.


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