Colvin Discusses Suspension

As reported earlier, Concord De La Salle standout <b>Cameron Colvin</b> was ruled academically ineligible for the first five games of this season. GBW caught up with Colvin Wednesday evening to get his reaction. We also have comments from De La Salle Athletic Director <b>Terry Eidson</b>.

On Tuesday it was announced the De La Salle Spartans would be without the services of their star receiver for the first five games of the season.

Cameron Colvin (Sept. 13 official visit, STAN Nike stats: 6-1, 188 lbs., 4.31 in the 40, 3.85 shuttle, 32.4 inch vertical, 13 bench press reps. … 2.3 GPA/16 ACT) was ruled academically ineligble according to De La Salle Athletic Director Terry Eidson. "Cameron tried to make up his grades from first and second semester but his priority was first semester from last year," Eidson said in an e-mail to GBW. "(He) ran out of time for his second semester, which affected his eligibility this fall."

I spoke with Colvin Wednesday evening. "There was some mixup with my classes. I signed up for summer classes with the idea that I would make up my grades in time for the start of school this fall. I took an English class and Spanish I. Then I was supposed to take a Spanish II class after that. I found out that I needed the Spanish II class to be eligible so I was going to take that online while I took the Spanish I classes. It turns out the Spanish II class online didn't finish before the start of this school year (August 20 for De La Salle) so I was ruled ineligible by the NCS and the CIF, there's no way to appeal either." Colvin added, "I got an 'A' in my English class and I take my Spanish final tomorrow."

Colvin will still be able to practice with the Spartans, he just won't be able to play in the games. As for his visit to U-M on September 13th. "We're going to get an earlier flight out now. We were going to take the red-eye to Detroit after our season opener against (San Jose Archbishop) Mitty, but now I'll be able to leave earlier."

Colvin's suspension is supposed to end two weeks before the Nationally televised game against Evangel Christian Academy of Shreveport, La., a potential match-up of the top two teams in the country, "He will have another grading period after the first five games and hopefully will be eligible then," AD Eidson said. "Cameron tries hard but some classes do not come easy for him. He is spending a lot of time on his studies and early reports of his progress are good."

On another note Colvin informed me that RB Jackie Bates has a high ankle sprain and will be out for several practices. He is expected to be ready to go for the season opener against Mitty.

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