Thursday , Dec , 08 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Kentucky’s Morris forced to sit out entire 2005-06 season

=== Kentucky’s Morris forced to sit out entire 2005-06 season ===

Lexington, KY (Sports Network) – The NCAA determined Thursday that Kentucky
forward Randolph Morris will be eligible to play for the university again, but
withheld him from competition for the remainder of the 2005-06 season.

Morris declared for the 2005 NBA draft following his freshman year but was
not selected by a team. Because he had signed with an agent and received
compensation from NBA teams regarding tryouts, the NCAA declared Morris
ineligible when he returned to school over the summer. Kentucky immediately
appealed the decision.

In a release issued by the university, the NCAA Student-Athlete Reinstatement
staff did not declare Morris permanently ineligible after reviewing the case
because there was not an explicit written or oral agreement with the agent.

Morris will be cleared to play for the 2006-07 season, but will be charged
with a year of eligibility for 2005-06 and will have just two remaining. He
must also repay more than $7,000 worth of expenses received from NBA teams.

In 2004-05, Morris averaged 8.8 points and 4.2 rebounds and started 33 of the
Wildcats’ 34 games.

Kentucky has the right to appeal this most recent decision to the NCAA’s
Division I Student-Athlete Reinstatement Committee.