Southern defensive backs Kevin King, D’Andre Woodland and Dionte McDuffy remain ineligible to play in games, but the Jaguars are hopeful they can return.
Whether any resolution occurs before Southern’s game at Prairie View on Saturday is anyone’s guess.
The three starters were cleared to play in the first two games of the season, but uncertainty about their eligibility arose late last week and they were pulled from the lineup a few minutes before the start of the Jaguars 51-27 loss to Northwestern State in A.W. Mumford Stadium.
Athletic director William Broussard addressed the certification situation prior to coach Dawson Odums’ weekly news luncheon Tuesday afternoon.
Here’s a university statement that was released in conjunction with Broussard’s remarks:
SU responds to questions concerning certification
Southern University athletics has issued the following statement regarding the department’s ongoing certification process.
“The ongoing certification process reflects the severity of the unusable data findings which surfaced as a result of the NCAA inquiry. Every available resource is being expended on clearing up problems with certifying documentation and expediting the reinstatement waiver process for those student-athletes affected.
The three students held out of play for further review were first flagged 48 hours before Saturday’s game. We determined that there was insufficient data to determine their continuing eligibility and so until further review this week they are being withheld from competition. University certification staff reviewed documents Friday and Saturday and worked until the last possible minute to find relief for those students.
The University remains committed to not allowing ineligible student-athletes to compete.
We will continue to focus our attention on fulfilling the compliance demands of the NCAA. As we continue our work, we will defer all further questions to the University media relations office.”