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NCAA denies BC’s Ifeanyi Momah’s appeal for sixth year

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Last month, Boston College announced that Ifeanyi Momah was one of several players who had been granted a medical hardship waiver from the ACC, and that the school would submit a request to the NCAA for a sixth year of eligibility.

For whatever reason, that process didn’t go as expected.

Head coach Frank Spaziani confirmed to the Boston Globe that the NCAA last week denied the wide receiver’s appeal.  It’s unclear why the appeal was rejected, with the confusion leading to a head coach very agitated over the process.

“If any kid deserves a chance to get to the next level, it is him,” Spaziani told the Globe. “I don’t care if he gets another year and plays some place else. He deserves a chance to play out his career as far as he can take it.”

From the outside looking in, the decision to grant a sixth year would appear to be a no-brainer.  Momah played just one game in 2011, suffering a season-ending injury in an opener that saw him catch eight passes for 157 yards.  Additionally, he took a redshirt in 2009 and did not play due to injury.

Normally when a player loses two seasons to injury, a sixth year is automatically granted.  For instance, Purdue quarterback Robert Marve was granted a sixth year last week after losing two seasons to injury.  What makes Momah’s situation different from Marve’s is unknown.

It’s also unknown when the NCAA will rule on the school’s appeal of their head-scratching decision.

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4 Responses to “NCAA denies BC’s Ifeanyi Momah’s appeal for sixth year”
  1. ancientcougar says: Jan 17, 2012 10:22 AM

    They couldn’t pronounce his name.

  2. blitz4848 says: Jan 17, 2012 10:29 AM

    JT or Ben

    Check out this story on Mr

    This will generate some comments lol

  3. thraiderskin says: Jan 17, 2012 11:30 AM

    wow… why does the NCAA care how long a player has eligibility, again? As long as someone is not using college to delay his enterance into the real world, what does it matter if he needs another year?

  4. pennyfan01 says: Jan 17, 2012 1:47 PM

    Robert Marve is receiving special traetment from the NCAA because they were/are trying to use him to fry Miami in the investigation.

    Marve received the same type of benefits that the Miami players who ended up getting suspended received yet the NCAA instantly cleared him if he talk, and of course he would talk because he lefy Miami unhappy when Jacory Harris was going to beat him out . (Marve’s reason to request a release from the U was to be closer to his Ill father, his father lives in Tampa and Mavre transferred to Purdue…sounds closer to me

    Momah and Miam’s own Adewele Ojomo were both denied a 6th year of eligibilty and their situations are near identical to Mavre’s. Its just the NCAA being the NCAA, they are as corrupt as our elected officials

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