Billy Gillispie is back coaching college hoops, albeit in the junior college ranks. Nonetheless, his team and alma mater, Ranger College, had gotten off to a remarkable 9-0 start this season.
But just like that they are now 5-4. The program had to forfeit their first four games due to them fielding an ineligible player.
However, Ranger College was unaware of the player’s ineligibility, as it was a paperwork issue from a school where the athlete had previously signed a Letter of Intent.
According to the Dallas News:
A Ranger player had originally signed a Letter of Intent to play at a community college in another state. That player, according to [Tommy Wells, Ranger’s SID], never enrolled at the out of state school, and instead came to Ranger. According to Wells, the paperwork from the other school releasing the player from his letter of intent turned out to incomplete. The issue wasn’t discovered until the player had participated in Ranger’s first four games.
Oddly enough, one of their forfeited games will go down as a double-forfeit, as one of their opponents, Cedar Valley College, also played an ineligible player.
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