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Team punished severely for bailing player out
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On February 26, 2013 @ 11:00 am In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY Sports
The NJCAA showed no mercy for a rules violation committed by Indian Hills (Iowa) Community College, suspending five players and its coach, Barret Peery.
What was the violation?
School officials bailing a student-athlete out of jail is an official violation of NJCAA rules.
Indian Hills president Jim Lindenmeyer bailed sophomore guard Ronald Ross out of jail because the player was 80 miles away from campus. Ross was arrested after a brawl broke loose following the team’s double overtime win over rival Southeastern. Four Southeastern players were also suspended.
Indian Hills (26-4) was one of the top ranked junior college teams in the country, but won’t get a chance to finish its season. The NJCAA also put the school on probation and declared the basketball team ineligible to compete in the postseason.
“Late Saturday after everyone was on their way home, I bailed a student-athlete out of jail,” Lindenmeyer said in the statement. “I was unaware of the rule, but I knew that I did not want to leave a player behind at an out of town facility under those circumstances. …I feel strongly that when we leave our campus with students in our care it is our duty to return them safely to campus. This is what I would expect of any staff member and what I would expect as a parent of a child under college supervision.”
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