Bost Reinstated With Nine-Game Penalty

The waiting is over for Dee Bost. Well, part of it anyway. Because due to the NCAA's ruling on his appeal for reinstatement, Mississippi State's point guard at least now knows he will be able to play part of the 2010-11 season.

Today Bost was notified by the NCAA's committee on restoration of eligibility that he will be allowed to play for Mississippi State after serving a nine game suspension. Bost is being penalized for failing, as the official MSU release said, ‘to properly withdraw by the May 8 NBA draft deadline.' Bost declared for the draft following his sophomore season and missed this year's earlier date for withdrawal.

Teammate Ravern Johnson also declared for the draft but did beat the deadline. Missing this revised-for-2010 deadline meant loss of college eligibility for Bost, and thus his appeal once the point guard decided it best to return to school for another season. His appeal was heard by a committee directly charged with such issues, though the same body was delayed in addressing this case by the summer rash of college football players associating with agents.

Fortunately for Bost the committee did get around to ruling well before preseason practicing begins in mid October. "I want to thank the NCAA for hearing my case and allowing me to return to school and play basketball," Bost said in Mississippi State's release. "I only wanted to test the waters and then return to Mississippi State. I realize I made a huge mistake in how I handled the situation, and I am thankful for a second chance."

But that second chance will have to wait a little longer due to Bost's other actions. Or perhaps lack of actions. He is not academically eligible for competition during the fall semester. Thus Bost would miss any games played before December 10 already; and he will have to serve the nine game penalty on top of that.

So how soon he can play and how many games he misses depends on the 2010-11 schedule, which has yet to be finalized.


Mississippi State has delayed finishing the pre-conference slate to allow for the nine game suspension sophomore center Renardo Sidney will have to serve, and the hoped-for reinstatement of Bost. Now that these players' timelines are known, State will fill in the remaining pre-SEC dates…many of which will now be stuffed into the weeks between fall final exams and the conference campaign. The slate does open November 12, in Humphrey Coliseum against Tennessee Tech.

"I'm glad to have this behind us and now we can move forward," 13th-year MSU coach Rick Stansbury said in the prepared statement.

Stansbury is surely glad to move ahead with preparing for the 14th season, and even if the coach also has to play a waiting game getting the point guard back for SEC season is worth it. Bost has started every MSU game—72--the past two seasons at point, and has 344 assists already. In fact he is well on a pace to smash the program career assists mark.

Bost averaged 10.9 points as a Freshman All-SEC pick, and 13.0 last season. He should reach the 1,000 point mark next February.

Bost returned to school for the July semester and has been on his athletic scholarship. He has been working with the team as usual in summer and preseason conditioning, as that was not impacted by the pending decision.

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