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WVU’s Icky Banks reinstated, but suspended three games

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A week ago today it was reported that a key piece of West Virginia’s secondary was facing an academic eligibility issue that could sideline the player for the entire 2014 season.

While that didn’t turn out to be the case, the Mountaineers will still be without him for the first quarter of the season.

At a press conference Monday, head coach Dana Holgorsen announced that Ishmael “Icky” Banks has been reinstated to the football program after a review of his situation by the NCAA.  However, the starting cornerback will be suspended for the first three games of the season, which means Banks will miss non-conference games against Alabama, Towson and Maryland.

Banks will be eligible to return for the Big 12 opener against Oklahoma Sept. 20.

The past three seasons, Banks has played in 36 games for the Mountaineers.  When WVU takes the field for the opener against the Tide, it’ll snap Banks’ streak of 16 consecutive starts.

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7 Responses to “WVU’s Icky Banks reinstated, but suspended three games”
  1. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 25, 2014 12:02 PM

    I don’t understand…. Either you’re academically eligible or you aren’t… Why a 3 game suspension.

  2. bigdinla says: Aug 25, 2014 12:18 PM

    Well WVU has different ideas about academics. He was able to pass finger painting and couch burning 101.

  3. blastfurnaceknows says: Aug 25, 2014 12:37 PM

    He withdrew from finger painting. It was sandwich-making that he passed.

  4. drummerhoff says: Aug 25, 2014 1:22 PM

    Some of the poster here can’t pass a basic life skills class and definitely failed joke-making 101.

  5. musketmaniac says: Aug 25, 2014 1:30 PM

    everybody knows under water ballet or water aerobics, but sandwich making and couch burning. I’m pretty sure those are night classes and Holgs would never allow his players to take night classes.

  6. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 25, 2014 4:35 PM

    Hey underwater ballet is hard…. I audited that class and decided it was too tough for me. Went with underwater basketweaving….

  7. bigedefense says: Aug 26, 2014 1:19 AM

    If you want a real challenge, sign up for Underwater Fire Prevention 402. It’s a senior level class at bama. If I’m not mistaken, you can get your Bachelors, Masters, & PH D in Underwater Fire Management at the University of Alabama. The bad part is, only a third of the students usually pass.

    I kid, I kid. You could insert any college, I just used bama because one of my best friends is a bama fan. Please don’t take it personal Tide fans. I don’t want you spitting tobacco juice on me…ladies.

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