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Jin Soo Kim Academically Ineligible

Freshman forward Jin Soo Kim has been declared academically ineligible indefinitely, according to a source familiar with the situation. The source also said Maryland is appealing the decision to the NCAA. Kim will be able to practice with the team during the appeal process. He will not be able to compete in games. The school released a statement confirming the decision.

The statement declared that the university will not release any specific details regarding Kim's academic status in compliance with the Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act. Kim is enrolled in a university program available to students for whom English is a second language, according to the statement.

After initially being denied his eligibility for the 2008-09 season, Kim was declared eligible by the NCAA Clearinghouse on Nov. 3 after receiving more documentation from Maryland regarding online correspondence courses Kim took during the fourth quarter of his final year at South Kent School in Connecticut.

Kim, a 6-foot-7 small forward, was expected to provide a long-range shooting presence for the Terps this season. He has played in 15 games this season, averaging 6.8 minutes, 1.7 points and 1.2 rebounds per appearance. He was shooting 29.0 percent from the field and 18.8 percent from three-point range.

By Steve Yanda  |  January 27, 2009; 6:31 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Comments

wtf???

who declared him ineligible? i thought the ncaa already declared him eligible? is this a school thing?

Posted by: deadskin | January 27, 2009 6:43 PM | Report abuse

I'm surprised. The Koreans are generally smarter than the rest of us.

Posted by: jethro1 | January 27, 2009 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Just like with Chris McCray a few years back, someone on the coaching staff keeps DROPPING THE BALL with regards to keeping the players on top with all their academics....

Posted by: iamasofaking | January 27, 2009 7:26 PM | Report abuse

I highly doubt this has anything to do with his grades but more to do with the nature of the courses he took. South Kent School is a private school that is filled with druggies. We used to play them all the time when I was in high school.

Posted by: Thundershock | January 27, 2009 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Why hasn't Gary Williams been fired yet? The guy dials it in with recruiting. Gary must go!

Posted by: mateo_md | January 27, 2009 9:37 PM | Report abuse

How is it possible to be academically ineligible to play on a team where nobody ever graduates?

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | January 27, 2009 10:18 PM | Report abuse

"How is it possible to be academically ineligible to play on a team where nobody ever graduates?"

Posted by: PowerBoater69

LMAO!!

Posted by: stikyfingas | January 27, 2009 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Did he Fail the online PE class or was it just not a certified online PE course?

Cause the one I took at MD was BRUTAL!!!

Posted by: goaway41 | January 28, 2009 1:07 AM | Report abuse

Ultimately, it is the students responsibility to actually do the work. However, with all of the resources and help the athletes get there is no excuse. Not to pile on but one more reason to consider the GW situation. Maybe Yow can latch on to the Obama theme "change". How about some change in football and basketball?

Posted by: tmcherv | January 28, 2009 9:17 AM | Report abuse

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