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    Lucca Eligibility Article - Ames Tribune

    Nothing new here but it still confirms either the NCAA is lying or our Athletic Department. I know who I would tend to believe.

    ISU, NCAA sparring over Staiger's eligibility
    By: Courtney Linehan
    11/09/2007
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    The NCAA responded to reports regarding Iowa State men's basketball player Lucca Staiger on Thursday, saying no decision has been made regarding the freshman's eligibility this season.


    ISU announced two weeks ago Staiger, a native of Baulstein, Germany, had been ruled ineligible by the NCAA's Amateurism Clearinghouse. Since then, media outlets including The Tribune, have reported Staiger will be required to forfeit a season of eligibility because two members of a German club team he played for were paid.

    "In these press reports, it has been stated that Iowa State has filed an appeal with the NCAA regarding this student-athlete," the release said. "This is not accurate. In fact, the NCAA did not receive the final and complete set of facts of the case from the school until Tuesday (Nov. 6)."

    ISU's compliance office told The Tribune last week it planned to submit an appeal this past Monday. In the meantime, Staiger did not participate in either of ISU's preseason exhibitions and was not planning to participate in the Cyclone Classic this weekend.

    If he were to compete, ISU understands it would be in violation of NCAA rules.

    ISU Athletic Director Jamie Pollard released a statement in response, saying the Cyclones sent the NCAA an initial statement of facts and two subsequent updates in September and October before the "final statement" was submitted Monday.

    "We were surprised and disappointed to learn that the NCAA released a statement challenging press reports on the eligibility status of Lucca Staiger without our knowledge," Pollard said. "The NCAA has been aware of Lucca's (amateur status) situation since May of 2007 and has been working with Iowa State University for the past six months to resolve the situation."

    The Clearinghouse was established this year with the intent of weeding out professional and semi-professional athletes playing in the college ranks. This year's freshman class is the first to be subjected to processing through it.

    "The NCAA will consider the individual circumstances of this case - as it does with all initial eligibility cases - when considering if or how the student-athlete's eligibility should be impacted," the NCAA statement said.

    Staiger said he has not made a decision about whether he will remain at ISU if the NCAA ultimately decides he cannot play at all this season. If that is the case, he will be allowed to maintain his scholarship, but will only be eligible to compete for three seasons.

    No timeline has been set for a final decision.

    "Our hope is that this situation is resolved in the very near future so that everyone can move forward," Pollard said



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    Re: Lucca Eligibility Article - Ames Tribune

    Frankly, if Staiger ultimately ends up being ineligible for the entire year, I hope the process drags on for a long time. That way, what does Lucca have to gain by leaving ISU in late December or January--a half season's salary? At that point, he may be more inclined to just sit out the season and play for us next year (i.e., when we may have a chance to make some REAL noise in the tournament with Buckley at the helm).



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    Re: Lucca Eligibility Article - Ames Tribune

    Quote Originally Posted by IP Guy View Post
    Frankly, if Staiger ultimately ends up being ineligible for the entire year, I hope the process drags on for a long time. That way, what does Lucca have to gain by leaving ISU in late December or January--a half season's salary? At that point, he may be more inclined to just sit out the season and play for us next year (i.e., when we may have a chance to make some REAL noise in the tournament with Buckley at the helm).
    Wow. That's very selfish of you. But I kind of agree with you!



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    Re: Lucca Eligibility Article - Ames Tribune

    Does he still qualify for scholarship if he is ineligible?


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    Re: Lucca Eligibility Article - Ames Tribune

    Quote Originally Posted by chadm View Post
    Does he still qualify for scholarship if he is ineligible?
    I would assume so. Figure it would be a pretty ****** deal for him to have to sit out the entire season AND pay for his tuition.



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    Re: Lucca Eligibility Article - Ames Tribune

    Quote Originally Posted by chadm View Post
    Does he still qualify for scholarship if he is ineligible?
    Yes, I'm pretty sure he does. I don't think there are many restriction on whom a university can give athletic scholarships to. The NCAA regulates who is eligible to play, but the school can give a scholarship to pretty much anyone they want.



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    Re: Lucca Eligibility Article - Ames Tribune

    Quote Originally Posted by IP Guy View Post
    Frankly, if Staiger ultimately ends up being ineligible for the entire year, I hope the process drags on for a long time. That way, what does Lucca have to gain by leaving ISU in late December or January--a half season's salary? At that point, he may be more inclined to just sit out the season and play for us next year (i.e., when we may have a chance to make some REAL noise in the tournament with Buckley at the helm).
    I highly doubt Buckley is the starting PG next year, especially if Staiger comes back.



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    Re: Lucca Eligibility Article - Ames Tribune

    Quote Originally Posted by snowcraig2.0 View Post
    I highly doubt Buckley is the starting PG next year, especially if Staiger comes back.
    Lucca is highly talented, but he is no point guard.


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    Re: Lucca Eligibility Article - Ames Tribune

    Quote Originally Posted by chadm View Post
    Does he still qualify for scholarship if he is ineligible?
    Towards the end of the article, it indicates he is still eligible for a scholarship this year.



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    Re: Lucca Eligibility Article - Ames Tribune

    Quote Originally Posted by BvK1126 View Post
    Wow. That's very selfish of you. But I kind of agree with you!
    Well, yes, I selfishly want him back next year. There is no denying that.

    However, I genuinely believe it is in Lucca's best interest to stay and not play pro ball overseas, at least if he wants to play in the NBA as the foreign player fad is fading.



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    Re: Lucca Eligibility Article - Ames Tribune

    Hear sportzone 1620 talk to Dana Altman of Creighton. He mentioned Iowa State having some problems with NCAA and how other coaches are being scared from recruiting European club people. He also said a fellow was having problems at DePaul. I had not heard that ne before or else he meant Washington.

    Point is other coaches are noticing. Early signing period starts next week for bball?


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