CU Men May Lose Morandais to Grades

Apparently due to circumstances entirely beyond its control, the University of Colorado men's basketball team may lose senior guard/forward <b>Michele Morandais</b> due to a discrepancy in the senior's grading over the past two seasons.

The regular starter's college career could come to an end after Jan. 14 if a mistake discovered in the senior's grades in his last three scholastic semesters cannot legally rectified in time to avoid Morandais becoming academically ineligible in two weeks.

"Academically, he's got himself behind the eight ball," CU head coach Ricardo Patton said earlier this week. "As of Jan. 14, his career could be over."

University officials claim that neither Morandais nor anyone within the CU athletic department is directly to blame for the mistake, which stemmed from one of Morandais' professors last year turning in a wrong grade, then leaving the country before the grade could be changes.

Morandais changed his major the following semester, and failed to attain the necessary grade for him to be declared eligible without the credits which would have been earned from the class in which the inaccurate grade was posted.

"My problem with the whole deal is that he had two classes he needed to pass," Patton said of his 6-foot-5 starter. "He should have passed. If he were doing what he was supposed to be doing in the classroom, it would not have made a difference.

"I just work with what I have. At this point, that's where I am. I'm not going to worry about what I don't have. I'm going to try and work with what I do have."

Morandais has been instrumental in Patton's game plan thus far this season, averaging 16.5 points in more than 30 minutes of floor time per game for the Buffaloes. The French West Indies native is also his team's assist leader (29).

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