Paper Reports That Adam Wade Ineligible

The Denver Post reported over the weekend that Colorado State's veteran linebacker Adam Wade will not play for the Rams in 2003 because he is academically ineligible.

Here is the report from Post sportswriter Natalie Meisler:

Wade did not have enough academic credits to maintain eligibility. CSU coach Sonny Lubick said the shortfall was more than could be made up in summer school.

"He didn't do what he had to do academically," Lubick said. "He rendered himself ineligible."

Wade could not be reached for comment. Former teammate and housemate Chris Kiffin said Wade left this week for Los Angeles and had been upset during finals by the death of a grandparent.

The post-spring depth chart raised the first possibility of change. Senior John Flora, a backup and special-teams contributor, was listed at the starting strongside linebacker, Wade's position. Sophomore Jahmal Hall was listed as the backup.

Wade was listed second at weakside linebacker behind returning senior starter Eric Pauly.

Lubick expects some strong competition for the job when fall camp begins.

"Whoever will play there are team guys, who hustle and do all the things the coaches like," Lubick said.

The Rams would have had three starting senior linebackers with Wade and returning third-year starters Pauly and Drew Wood.

Wade missed much of spring practice because of a hamstring injury and the coaching staff's edict he concentrate on grades. How- ever, he played well in the spring game, forcing two fumbles.

The former Ram was a newsmaker before he arrived on campus. He didn't sign on signing day in February 1999, because his father wanted him to go to the University of Washington. Wade signed late in the week.

When first-year Washington coach Rick Neuheisel had staff members in Wade's home during a recruiting dead period just before signing day, Neuheisel had his first brush with NCAA rules infractions.

Wade broke into the starting lineup for the last nine games of his true freshman season in 1999.

He started the first three games of 2000 before tearing a knee ligament in the Arizona State game. Wade received a medical hardship and returned as a third-year sophomore in 2001. His performance was inconsistent and often complained he wanted to play weakside linebacker. By then, Pauly was entrenched as an all-conference player on the strongside.

In the following offseason, Wade was involved in a dormitory incident when he punched another student for making a racial remark. After sitting out the 2002 opener as part of a university suspension, Wade showed renewed dedication to the team.

He again regained his starting job, finished fifth on the team in tackles with 62, including 10 solo stops against New Mexico, and was named Mountain West Conference defensive player of the week after the Brigham Young game.

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