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Strange occurrence allows NU to challenge rule

Discussion in 'University of Colorado Recruiting Archive - Basket' started by Sexton Hardcastle, Sep 5, 2009.

  1. Sexton Hardcastle

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    Strange occurrence allows NU to challenge rule
    Wednesday, September 2, 2009

    In a league with heavyweights like Kansas and Texas, Nebraska can't compete by going about the traditional way of recruiting.

    The Cornhuskers have to mix and match their roster to be highly competitive. That means sprinkling in high school seniors, transfers and foreign players. That also means taking chances, even if the news on the eligibility of a foreign player isn't always known.

    The Huskers tried that approach with Germany's Christian Standhardinger. The questions arose about his amateur status and how he would be classified by the NCAA. According to Nebraska coach Doc Sadler, the school was told that Standhardinger's grades (based on the grading scale from Germany) meant that he was not a qualifier when Nebraska went to an NCAA seminar in the spring on the subject of foreign admission.

    However, Sadler said the information was a year old and Standhardinger was actually eligible. But that news didn't get to Nebraska until after it had committed to giving one-time UAB signee Adrien Coleman a scholarship in July. Coleman signed to play at UAB in November 2008 but failed to be admitted to the university, releasing him to sign a financial aid agreement with another school. Coleman's addition meant the Huskers were at the NCAA limit of 13 scholarships.


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