Hump Will Sit for Irish Opener

Last October Troy Murphy was nabbed in a South Bend tavern and that ultimately cost Notre Dame a game. This year, the NCAA has mandated that Ryan Humphrey must sit out the first two games of the season. IrishEyes tells you why here.

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October 3, 2001

NCAA Rules Against Humphrey

The IrishEyes.Com News Service

NOTRE DAME, Ind. (IE) – For the second consecutive year, a leader of the Notre Dame men’s basketball program finds himself in hot water.

Senior captain Ryan Humphrey will miss the first two regular season games of the 2001-02 season after being declared ineligible by the NCAA for violation of an "outside competition" rule.

While visiting relatives over the summer, Humphrey played two games in an NCAA-sanctioned league in Los Angeles. The NCAA has a 100-mile radius rule that allows a student-athlete to participate in one NCAA-sanctioned tournament within 100 air miles of the student-athlete’s legal residence or campus. Humphrey is from Tulsa, Oklahoma, well over 1,000 miles from the West Coast. Sound Bend is 2,000 miles and another world from LA.

Not that the Irish will miss Humphrey too much in their opening contests. The games are against America East lightweight New Hampshire (Nov. 16) and Ivy League foe Cornell (Nov. 19). Humphrey would be eligible to play for the first time when the Irish compete in the Hawaii-Pacific Tournament over Thanksgiving weekend.

Last October 13, Troy Murphy was cited by South Bend police for being underage in a local tavern. He was punished by Notre Dame Student Affairs, paid a fine, performed community service and didn’t start a home game against Miami (Ohio). The Irish lost that game.

"I'm disappointed that I won't be out there for the first two games of the season, but I'll be on the bench supporting my teammates," Humphrey said Tuesday.

Murphy’s off-court incident happened on the eve of Notre Dame’s first practice in 2000. This ruling on Humphrey comes on the eve of the Irish’s Media Day.

"We’re obviously disappointed that Ryan won’t be out there on the court for our first two games," said head coach Mike Brey. "Although he did not violate the NCAA’s outside competition rule intentionally, Ryan and I both understand that there are certain consequences that we have to live with."

Humphrey – Notre Dame’s most dynamic leaper and shot-blocker -- was certain to be an Irish starter, likely at the power forward slot, probably with freshman point guard Chris Thomas, shooting guard Matt Carroll, small forward David Graves and center Harold Swanagan.

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