Wing has a second appeal

You may never get a second chance for a first impression, but Jawann McClellan may have a shot at a second appeal of his academic suspension. The sophomore forward is making another plea to the NCAA to restore his eligibility.

McClellan was declared academically ineligible in October after failing to meet obligations in a summer math class. His struggles stemmed from missing class time after the death of his father. McClellan spent much of the summer going back and forth between Tucson and Houston to deal with family matters.

Although he was denied previously by the NCAA, he has been given another chance to explain the circumstances and try to play this semester. As it stands he will be ineligible until December 17th.

A decision by the NCAA is expected by Nov. 8, McClellan said Tuesday.

"I'm not getting excited one way or another," McClellan said.

Prior to the summer class McClellan was in good academic standing. In a prior interview McClellan noted that he was doing well in the particular class until the passing of his father. After that family obligations and grief made it too difficult to succeed in the class.

To further complicate the matter McClellan has been nursing a leg injury that has kept him out of action off and on all fall. He returned to practice on Monday, but will not push it if his appeal is denied. McClellan should battle for the starting two-guard spot when he returns. He was the Cats' top reserve by the end of the season and played very well in the Pac-10 and NCAA Tournaments.

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