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Jin Soo Kim Denied Eligibility; Decision Pending (Updated)

A source close to the situation confirmed late Friday night that Maryland freshman forward Jin Soo Kim has been denied eligibility by the NCAA Clearinghouse, though the decision is not yet final. Maryland has until next Thursday to submit further documents varifying both the legitimacy of the online correspondence courses Kim took during the fourth quarter of his senior year of high school and that Kim was the one who took the exams for those courses, according to the source. The source requested anonymity due to the sensitivity of the case and because the NCAA's decision is not yet final.

Kim underwent shoulder surgery last spring that required him to withdraw from classes at South Kent High School in Connecticut and return to South Korea. The surgery had to be done in Kim's native South Korea due to insurance reasons. While he was recovering, Kim took correspondence courses that have come under question by the NCAA Clearinghouse.

Kim, a 6-foot-7 small forward, was expected to provide a long-range shooting presence for the Terps this season. If his eligibility denial becomes official, the only way he will be able to play for the Terps is if he attended a junior college, became qualified and later returned to Maryland.

A Maryland spokesperson confirmed Saturday morning that the NCAA Clearinghouse did deny Kim his eligibility and that Maryland is appealing the decision. The spokesperson said the appeal will be heard by an NCAA academics committee separate from the NCAA Clearinghouse.

More details to come as they become available.

By Steve Yanda  |  November 1, 2008; 10:10 AM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Bad news for the Terps. Kim doesn't have to go to a Jr. College though and come back...he'd simply have to retake the classes the NCAA is having a problem confirming that he actually took to finish high school.

Posted by: homertuckumd | November 1, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

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