LEXINGTON, Ky. --- Kenutcky linebacker Jamal White has seen his four-game suspension reduced by two, the school announced today.
Kentucky had prepared an appeal for the suspension, which was issued on Tuesday, but withdrew the motion today after the NCAA spoke with UK compliance director Sandy Bell and reduced the penalty.
This decision by the reinstatement staff is extremely fair, therefore Jamal and the University of Kentucky have withdrawn our request for appeal, Bell said.
"I don't know how it all happened. I don't really care," said a relieved UK coach Guy Morriss. "... We let Sandy handle all that. We're happy about it.."
White, a senior who was expected to start for the Wildcats at inside linebacker, was one of 10 players the school self-reported to the NCAA as ineligible as part of its investigation into the football program. Eight of those players had their full eligibility restored by the NCAA earlier this week, while White and sophomore receiver Brad Pyatt were issued four-game suspsensions.
White will now be able to participate in the Cats' games at Indiana (Sept. 15) and at home against Florida the following week.
In the meantime, UK is working with outside safety Chris Gayton at White's starting position on the interior. The Cats may also use Mike Beirne, Dustin Williams and Anthony Stevenson at that spot in their first two games.