George Goode ruled ineligible

Rick Pitino said on his coaches show Tuesday night that 6'8 freshman forward George Goode has been declared ineligible for the 2007-08 season. InsideTheVille.com has the latest.

Rick Pitino said on his coaches show Tuesday night that 6'8 freshman forward George Goode has been declared ineligible for the 2007-08 season.

The NCAA Eligibility Center reviewed his case and has allowed Goode to remain in classes at U of L and receive athletics aid, but he cannot practice any further or compete this season. While awaiting a decision on his intial eligibility status, Goode had been practicing and participating in conditioning drills with the Cardinals since the school year began in August. Goode plans to remain enrolled at U of L, will become fully eligible next year after successfully completing this academic year and will have four seasons of competition available to him at U of L.

"He will be out the whole season," Pitino said. "They ruled not in his favor. What we're trying to do in the appeal process is get him to be (able) to practice. It's something we think he'll be able to (win) the appeal and be able to practice. At least we're hoping for that."

Pitino said Goode ran into problems because of a recent change in the NCAA's core-curriculum requirements. The NCAA raised the minimum core-requirements from 14 core courses to 16 last year.

"He will get four years of eligibility," Pitino said. "So it's just like the old prop (48) situation. It's happened now because of a new rule when George was in school. The core curriculum went from 14 to 16 so the players immediately had to take some correspondent classes all over the country to try and meet the core requirements.

"He'll sit out this year and we're hoping that he can practice (because) it will make our practices that much better."


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