We opened Wednesday morning by noting that FIU had lost one of its top cornerbacks for the entire 2013 season due to academic issues. A day later, Tulsa’s feeling the Panthers’ secondary pain.
Not so unexpectedly, Tulsa has confirmed that Demarco Nelson has been declared academically ineligible for the remainder of the 2013 season because of the NCAA’s Progress Towards Degree Requirement. The school had appealed to the NCAA on Nelson’s behalf last week; The Association officially denied the safety’s reinstatement Wednesday.
Nelson was forced to sit out the Golden Hurricane’s season opener because of the academic issue and as the school appealed.
“We’re extremely disappointed that Demarco will not be able to compete this season,” head coach Bill Blankenship said. “He’ll need to concentrate his efforts on academics and be in a situation to play and graduate next year.”
After sitting out this year, Nelson will have one year of eligibility remaining he can use in 2014 as a redshirt senior.
Nelson had started the past 39 games for the Golden Hurricane before missing the season-opening loss to Bowling Green. That streak is tied for second nationally and behind only Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray (now 42).
Following the 2012 season, Nelson was named second-team All-Conference USA