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October 2, 2010

Roundtable: Surprising decision by NCAA?

At the College Basketball Roundtable each week, we ask each member of the coverage staff for his opinion about a topic in the sport. We have two questions this week, one today and one Sunday.

TODAY'S QUESTION: Mississippi State G Dee Bost, who applied for the NBA draft but missed the deadline to pull out, was reinstated by the NCAA; after serving a nine-game suspension, he will be eligible in the second semester. Were you surprised he was reinstated?

David Fox's answer:
I'm surprised by the decision of the NCAA to reinstate Bost. I'm also surprised he declared for the draft in the first place, but that's beside the point. I understand a degree of confusion because of the rule change, but the rule itself is clear-cut: If a name is in the draft after May 8, there it stays. Isn't there any responsibility for him to know the rules or at least for Mississippi State to make sure he's informed? Making the decision even more shocking is the revelation that he's not even academically eligible for the fall semester. That, combined with all the potential gray areas with agents, makes it shocking that Bost was cleared to play.

Mike Huguenin's answer:
This smacks of "the dog ate my homework"-type of excuse. In short, I am extremely surprised the NCAA reinstated Bost after he missed the deadline. I think the NCAA has opened the door for this same kind of appeal in the future -- and that's not good.

Jason King's answer:
I'm not surprised the NCAA reinstated Dee Bost. I think it would've looked terrible for the organization to prohibit the Mississippi State star from competing as a senior simply because he misinterpreted a rule. I also think the NCAA made a good decision by suspending Bost for nine games once he becomes eligible. The punishment is stiff enough to catch the attention of other players who may be prone to making the same mistake in the future. There should be no misinterpretation of the rule from this point forward. Next time, the NCAA may not show as much leniency.

Steve Megargee's answer:
The NCAA's decision definitely surprised me. I had a tough time buying Bost's explanation that he was unaware of the May 8 deadline to withdraw from the draft. I understand this was the first year with a May 8 draft deadline. In the past, players could wait until June 15 before deciding whether they wanted to stay in the draft. Still, it's hard to understand how Bost would get forget about the deadline, since he wasn't the only Mississippi State player in this situation. Mississippi State's Ravern Johnson also entered the draft before announcing he would return to school before that May 8 deadline. How could Bost have been unaware of the new deadline when his teammate knew all about it? Bost should feel thankful he merely received the nine-game suspension. The NCAA didn't have to be so forgiving.

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