I got an email today from the mother of Virginia Tech freshman guard Malik Mueller, who was recently declared academically ineligible to play as a freshman by the NCAA. Here is what she wrote:
It is disappointing and unfortunate the NCAA would consider the high school degree that qualifies you to study at any German, most European as well as American Universities to be insufficient academic prove to declare a player eligible to compete in college basketball.
Especially if she/he successfully passed additional testing foreign students go through to prove their academic fitness. There are several examples of foreign players who have been cleared for college sports in the U.S. who have had the same academic qualification.
Aside from other aspects, it is discouraging to see that there seems to be an inconsistency when it comes to declaring players academically fit or not. – However, this experience will not remain just a disappointment since the players, coaches, the management of the athletic department, members of staff and supporters at VT have stood together through this decision and manifested what should never get lost in the world of competitive sports.
This team already won something no one can take from them and what some will never have. And all even before the season started!
Thank you for taking the time to read my comment
Best regards from Germany