Sheridan College appeals NJCAA ruling to place the SC Generals on probation

(Sheridan, Wyo.) — Sheridan College has appealed a ruling from the National Junior College Athletic Association to place the SC Generals on probation. The probation means a disqualification for the 2015-16 postseason play, including the Region IX tournament. The SC Men’s Team is currently 9-2. Officials at Sheridan College were recently made aware that a former player violated the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) eligibility rules by participating on the SC Men’s Basketball team during the 2014-15 season. Per Article V, Section 2.B.1 of the NJCAA, “A student-athlete must be a graduate of a high school with an academic diploma, general education diploma or a state department of education approved high school equivalency test.” Once notified, Sheridan College Athletic Director Jenni Winter conducted an examination of records, confirmed the error, and immediately reported the infraction to the NJCAA. The NJCAA then notified Winter that per Article V, Section 3.D.2.a, the team would be placed on probation, which includes disqualification for the 2015-16 postseason play including the Region IX tournament. SC Officials have appealed the NJCAA probation and disqualification ruling, and are awaiting a determination. “The initial review, in 2014, of the student-athlete’s documentation appeared to meet the standard eligibility requirements,” said Winter. “Every state has its own rules for high school graduation, governed by that state’s department of education. In this case, the state includes required assessments in addition to minimums in coursework, credits and grade point average (GPA). If the student does not pass all assessments satisfactorily he or she is awarded a certificate of completion, which was interpreted as being the equivalent to a standard high school diploma.” Matt Hammer, Head Men’s Basketball Coach since February 2015, explains that while this is discouraging, it does not affect the regular season or the commitment of the College to the student-athletes. "As discouraging as it was for our basketball program to hear the news from the NJCAA regarding our postseason suspension, we’re extremely optimistic the Appeals Committee will look at all the facts and see that the infraction was not the result of Sheridan College knowingly attempting to violate the rules,” said Hammer. “However, we will accept whatever consequences are handed down on us and we will move forward in a positive direction. Go Generals!" The SC Women’s team will play at 5 p.m. and the Men’s team will tip off at 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday in the Bruce Hoffman Golden Dome. *Feature photo Wikimedia Commons / Pitchengine Communities* #dally #news