Three other players are also being immediately declared ineligible by WVU for secondary violations regarding transportation, housing and meals during a visit to Morgantown after they had signed letters of intent, but before they had enrolled in classes at West Virginia. WVU will petition the NCAA for reinstatement of those three players' eligibility following repayment of the improper benefits.
The NCAA typically does not comment on the receipt of reports or ongoing investigations.
Head coach John Beilein, in a prepared statement, said "I'm pleased with how the University handled this investigation so thoroughly. Now that the issues have been identified and reported to the NCAA, it's time to move on with a fresh start. I am hopeful that the pending issues will be resolved as quickly as possible."
Hargett averaged 13.8 points per game during an up and down freshman season. The talented point guard hit game winning shots against New Mexico and Tennessee, but was often out of control, forcing other shots and attempting ill advised passes.
The Richmond, Virginia native shot only 30.3% from the field overall, and attempted more three point shots (208), than two pointers (138). Harget was 28.8% from beyond the three point line. He was among the Big East's best from the free throw line with an 88.1% mark. Hargett recorded 120 assists but had 106 turnovers.
This move may not the last involving West Virginia's roster for the upcoming season.