clear
Monday July 6th, 2015 8:26PM

NCAA denies Stallworth's request to reinstate eligibility

By
KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE - The NCAA has denied Tennessee receiver Donte Stallworth&#39;s request to have his eligibility reinstated after he changed his mind about entering the NFL draft, school officials said Thursday. <br> <br> NCAA officials called the university Thursday and said the Student-Athlete Reinstatement staff denied the request. <br> <br> Stallworth, a junior from Sacramento, Calif., could appeal the decision to an NCAA committee, but university officials said he was waiting to talk to his family before deciding whether he wanted to appeal. <br> <br> The NCAA did not give a reason why the request was denied, and spokeswoman Jane Jankowski said that information could only be released by the school. <br> <br> The university expected to receive a letter in the mail in the coming days. <br> <br> Coach Phillip Fulmer, who was out of town on a recruiting trip, told The Associated Press he didn&#39;t know the reasons for the rejection. <br> <br> ``To my knowledge, I don&#39;t know why,&#39;&#39; he said. ``I haven&#39;t talked to them.&#39;&#39; <br> <br> Stallworth announced he was leaving the university early to enter the draft but changed his mind before the NFL&#39;s deadline. The NFL office retrieved his paperwork, eliminating his name from the early-entry draft list. <br> <br> But NCAA rules stipulate that even the intention to enter the draft results in lost eligibility. To complicate matters, Stallworth met with a Memphis agent and received nearly $1,300 in benefits, including airfare and a dinner, during the hours before he changed his mind. Stallworth said he did not sign an agreement to be represented by the agent. <br> <br> Stallworth repaid the agent, Jimmy Sexton, using his Pell Grant money, Tennessee athletic director Doug Dickey said. <br> <br> Asked if he thought the benefits from an agent made the NCAA&#39;s decision more complicated, Fulmer said he didn&#39;t want to speculate. <br> <br> One point the university hoped would help Stallworth was that he needs just 34 hours to graduate. Stallworth is enrolled at Tennessee this semester. <br> <br> Fulmer said he wasn&#39;t surprised by the news. <br> <br> ``I&#39;m not really surprised by the staff decision. It&#39;s sort of the norm that the staff typically says no,&#39;&#39; Fulmer said. ``It&#39;s discouraging to me that we have a young man who wants to come back to school and do the right thing. ...That he digged deep in his own pockets to make the reimbursement.&#39;&#39; <br> <br> ``We&#39;re required by the NCAA to conduct a program in a manner designed to enhance and promote education. It seems to me the NCAA and its committees have the opportunity to do the same thing.&#39;&#39; <br> <br> If Stallworth decides to appeal, it will be heard by representatives from Division I schools on the Student-Athlete Reinstatement Committee. <br> <br> If Stallworth opts to not appeal, NFL officials have said his name could be put back on the draft list. The NFL combine is held in February and the draft is in April. <br> <br> Stallworth missed three games early this season with a broken wrist but finished the season with his best statistics yet. He had 41 catches for 821 yards and 10 touchdowns. In two games, he had three touchdown receptions.
  • Associated Categories: Sports
© Copyright 2015 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Plenty of tickets available for Falcons-Packers playoff game
After the Green Bay Packers' loss in their regular-season finale Sunday resulted in the scheduling of a game Saturday night with the Atlanta Falcons, Monday was a busy day for ticket broker Frank Hickey.
12:43PM ( 12 years ago )
Georgia puts streak on line against No. 2 Pitt
Georgia wraps up its 11-game non-conference schedule Tuesday afternoon against Pittsburgh. The Bulldogs come in at 7-3 and record riding a six-game winning streak.
7:36AM ( 12 years ago )
Vols, Terps ready for Peach Bowl
For the first time in eight years, Tennessee should finish its season before Jan. 1. The Volunteers play No. 20 Maryland Tuesday night in the Peach Bowl.
7:07AM ( 12 years ago )
Sports
Carli Lloyd becomes Captain America for US women
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — For a brief time Sunday night, Carli Lloyd's Wikipedia page listed her position as "President of the United States."More like Captain America.Lloyd scored three goal...
8:05AM ( 12 hours ago )
Earnhardt, Jr. wins, Austin Dillon crashes hard at Daytona
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. endured a weekend of rain, a three-hour-plus pre-race delay, and nine caution flags to win the Coke-Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway early Monday morning.
By Bill Speros-NASCAR Wire Service
3:15AM ( 17 hours ago )
Lloyd hat trick leads US over Japan 5-2 for World Cup title
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Carli Lloyd lives for the big moment. She had her biggest on Sunday night — and gave the United States its record third Women's World Cup title.Lloyd scored three ti...
1:06AM ( 19 hours ago )
Braves shake up bullpen after 4-0 loss to Phillies in 10
A 10th-inning meltdown set the stage for a postgame shake-up of Atlanta's bullpen...
10:43PM ( 21 hours ago )
U.S. women hope history does not repeat itself
Abby Wambach remembers the date by heart: July 17, 2011. That was the day the United States lost to Japan in the Women's World Cup title match in Germany.
By The Associated Press
6:45PM ( 1 day ago )