St. Bonaventure gets three years probation

The NCAA put the St. Bonaventure men’s basketball team on three years probation due to an eligibility scandal that involved a player who illegally transferred from a junior college last year.

Jamil Terrell was ruled ineligible in 2003 because he only earned a welding certificate and did not officially graduate. After the Atlantic 10 ruled the Bonnies ineligible for last year’s conference tournament as a result, the team did not show up to play its final two games.

As per the NCAA’s decision last week, the Bonnies are barred from postseason play this year and will be stripped of two 2004 scholarships and one in 2005. This week, the Atlantic 10 presidents will meet to decide whether St. Bonaventure will be allowed to play in the A-10 Tournament next month.

GW Director of Athletics Jack Kvancz said he believes the Bonnies’ program has suffered enough, citing the resignation of school president Robert Wickenheiser, the firing of basketball head coach Jan van Breda Kolff and the suicide of William Swan, a chairman of the school’s trustees.

But he added that he is unsure if the university presidents will agree.

“I’m not sure,” he said. “I may be in the minority.”

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