NCAA Football

June 8, 2019, 9:00 pm

NCAA clears Division II player after agent-rule mistake

The NCAA cleared Glenville State's Phil Bledsoe for his elder time period aft the Division II body basketball participant erroneously used a new rule permitting only Division I participants to state...

NCAA clears Division II player after agent-rule mistake

The NCAA cleared Glenville State’s Phil Bledsoe for his elder time period aft the Division II body basketball participant erroneously used a new rule permitting only Division I participants to state for the NBA bill of exchange and sign with an causal agent piece maintaining body eligibility.

He has been “reinstated instantly with no conditions,” NCAA spokeswoman Stacey Osburn told The Associated Press on Saturday.

That came astir a week aft the West Virginia educational institution submitted a condition request, protrusive a procedure that archetypal requires a educational institution to state an jock disqualified in command to ultimately clear him for competition.

Compliance coordinator Bill Lilly told the AP at the time that the request noted he had offered incorrect guidance to Bledsoe amid confusion astir the rule adopted in August following a federal corruption investigation into the sport.

Both Lilly and Maryland-based causal agent Jerry Dianis — who had worked with Bledsoe during the bill of exchange procedure — had publicly expressed optimism the NCAA wouldn’t penalize Bledsoe for using a rule perceived by many to apply to any early entrant to the NBA bill of exchange.

“They made the right decision,” Dianis said Saturday. “And the rule itself is a solid rule. But sometimes you have to work out the preliminary or initial kinks.”


Bledsoe followed guidelines to use the rule before seeking out Dianis, then withdrew from the bill of exchange ahead of the May 29 deadline for participants to pull out and preserve their body eligibility.

He played his archetypal two time periods at Marshall in the Division I ranks before transferring to Glenville State, where he averaged 19.9 points and 11.3 rebounds last time period at the educational institution with an enrollment of astir 1,800 students.

The causal agent rule was implemented amid numerous reforms proposed by the basketball commission led by former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. It permitted certified causal agents to work with participants and cover minimal expenses for team workouts, though those contracts must end when the participant returns to educational institution .

In the NCAA’s legislative database, all three divisions have a protrusive point of General Rule 12.3.1, which prohibits jocks from agreeing orally or in writing to be represented by an causal agent.

The Division I rules include the new exception permitting participants to sign with an NCAA-certified causal agent (Section piece maintaining eligibility, but that exception doesn’t appear for Division II and Division III.

Additionally, the NCAA has at times publicly used broad terms such as “basketball student-jocks” and “body basketball participants” astir the rule without explicitly stating it is unavailable outside of Division I.


Dianis said he hopes the NCAA “makes sure there’s clarity” going forward with the rule, adding: “Obviously I think Division I, II, III … all of the NCAA student-jocks should be able to benefit as a result of this (rule) in the future.”

Osburn has said previously the lower divisions will evaluate the rule’s impact in its archetypal usage through Division I before considering whether to adopt it.


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