Boston College appealed the decision on behalf of the wide receiver and, just as inexplicably, that appeal has been denied.
In a press release, BC announced that the NCAA has turned back Momah’s efforts for a sixth season of eligibility. As such, his career at the collegiate level is officially over.
“This is very disappointing news,” head coach Frank Spaziani said in a statement. “We only want what is best for Ifeanyi, and I felt a sixth year would have benefited him greatly after missing two full seasons with injuries. He is a great young man who will leave Boston College with a degree in hand. We are very grateful for his contributions to our football program, on and off the field, and we hope he is able to continue pursuing his dreams.”
As we have previously written, and from the outside looking in, the decision to grant a sixth year to Momah 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.
Why the NCAA decided against a sixth season for Momah when other similar cases have resulted in an additional year is unclear.