It has come to Bridgewater College’s attention just this past week that a member of the men’s basketball team was ineligible during part of the now-concluded 2012-13 men’s basketball season. On Thursday, February 21, the College learned that the player in question had failed to register for spring semester classes. NCAA and ODAC rules prescribe, in essence, that student athletes be enrolled full time (at least 12 credit hours) and achieve certain grade point average standards. Based on the College’s initial review of the discovered circumstances, the player had represented to his coaches, teammates and family that he was registered for and attending classes. The player even attended team study halls during the period at issue, leaving the inaccurate impression that he was a registered and attending student at the College for the spring semester classes.
In consultation with the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) and NCAA, consistent with the letter and spirit of the ODAC rules, the College self-reported and is taking steps to vacate the wins it achieved in games while the player was ineligible. These games include: BC’s January 30 win against Washington and Lee, its February 2 win against Roanoke, the February 6 win over Shenandoah, and its February 16 win against Guilford.
The player in question may be subject to action, including by the College. In addition, the College, as part of its internal review, has addressed the procedures for confirming player eligibility and is implementing additional measures that go beyond what had been reasonable reliance on every individual player to honor the rules and on other safeguards.
Bridgewater College cares deeply about instilling integrity, honesty and a strong moral code in its students—both in the classroom and on the court and playing fields. The College sincerely apologizes to the NCAA, the ODAC, and its fans, and to the current basketball players who fought hard this season to achieve what would have been a winning record. Despite this very disappointing development, the College is proud of the efforts of the other players and of the coaches and appreciative of everyone who supported the team.