Around Tappan Square
It was the Yeoman's best season in 10 years.
Nine wins, 16 losses, and a playoff victory over Ohio Wesleyan.
But the streak ended February 20 when Oberlin forfeited its entire
season after admitting to an NCAA violation. Oberlin had failed
to verify the eligibility of a junior transfer student whom the
conference discovered left his previous school in poor academic
standing last spring. The player led the Yeoman in scoring and rebounding
Although the student's original transfer papers deemed him eligible
to play basketball, NCAA policy requires the recruiting college
to double check, a step that was skipped at Oberlin. The College
has since launched an internal investigation and will prepare a
report for the NCAA.
"We will be putting changes into place that will prevent this
from happening again," said President Nancy S. Dye, who continues
her conviction that athletics at Oberlin are a healthy and integral
part of the College.
"This was a terrible way to end the season,"
said head basketball coach Mike Cavey. "But whatever happens,
no one can take away the nine wins that we had and our win over
Ohio Wesleyan that put us into the semifinals."