Baylor fans were disappointed to learn that the highest rated recruit for their 2014 class, Kobe Eubanks, was recently ruled ineligible for the 2014-2015 due to academic issues.
As first reported by the Miami Herald this morning, Eubanks and his father, Clayton Eubanks, are not done handling this matter. David J. Neal reports that the Eubanks family has filed a lawsuit against Plantation American Heritage School “for at least $75,000 alleging grade manipulation[, which] cost Eubanks a scholarship to Baylor University.”
Those keeping close track of Eubanks during the recruiting process may remember that he actually attended Our Savior New American School for his senior year. Eubanks and his father are claiming, however, that American Heritage filed two separate grade transcripts to Our Savior, upon Eubanks’ transfer. One transcript recorded Eubanks’ GPA as 2.5, but the later transcript lowered his GPA to 2.37. According to Neal, Our Savior was assured the authenticity of the 2.5 GPA transcript.
The Eubanks family now claims that the discrepancy, which resurfaced during the mandatory vetting process of new recruits by Baylor’s Compliance Office, caused the NCAA inquiry, which ultimately led to Eubanks’ ineligible status.
It remains to be seen where this leaves Kobe Eubanks for the upcoming season, although it would seem unlikely the litigation process would be resolved in time for the NCAA to make a move for this playing year.
As of right now, Eubanks is training at Delray Beach’s ELEV8 Sports Institute, where he is also trying to earn credit for all courses he needs to become eligible.