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St. John's declares 3 ineligible

Head coach Steve Lavin of the St. John's

Head coach Steve Lavin of the St. John's Red Storm talks to his players during a timeout against the Gonzaga Bulldogs during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament. (March 17, 2011) Photo Credit: Getty Images

It’s pretty clear that St. John’s took a page from the Ohio State and Miami book on what not to do when an issue arises regarding a student-athlete’s eligibility.

The Red Storm announced that three freshmen, Amir Garrett, Norvel Pelle and JaKarr Sampson, won’t be academically eligible for the fall semester.

While this is completely different from what happened at Ohio State and Miami, it’s become evident that schools are going to make preemptive strikes to prevent the NCAA from making any moves.

St. John’s what up front about things and made the issue known, something Ohio State and Miami (allegedly) failed to do. Former Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel knew the five players had received benefits, but played them anyway. Former Miami booster Nevin Shapiro, who’s currently serving a 20-year sentence for running a Ponzi scheme, alleged that 72 current and former Miami players took benefits.

Shaprio also asserted that many Miami school officials had knowledge of what he did.

Garrett, Pelle and Sampson were the only Red Storm players ruled ineligible by the school. The remaining nine recruits are eligible. 

St. John's freshman Maurice Harkless was cleared by the NCAA last July after an investigation into his relationship with Red Storm director of basketball operations Mo Hicks turned up nothing inappropriate.



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