Dinos with ineligible player

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  1. AUS Fan

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    As seen on Twitter by Victor Findlay, Calgary has forfeited 8 points by using ineligible player, Riley Sheen.
     
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    What? They didn't get the lawyers involved?
     
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    They are not SMU.
     
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    As I said in a tweet, the fact Sheen was a transfer from NAIT makes his academic eligibility more complicated.

    Almost all varsity athletes are considered direct-entry from high school - you rely on your high school grades to get in. If you took some part-time courses while playing hockey, you may get credit from them towards your degree program.

    If you were a full-time student at another university, like NAIT, then you are a transfer student. You have to sit out a year (unless you are enrolling in graduate program, or professional degree program like law or education). But going into your "playing year" you have to have successfully completed 18 credit hours in the previous 365 days. (That's why sometimes you see recruits who might have played one term of NCAA or CIS hockey before dropping out and turning pro have to scramble to complete some online courses in the early season before they are allowed to play.)

    So it is possible Sheen didn't pass enough credits in his one year at NAIT, or last year if he was enrolled somewhere while playing senior hockey.

    That would be my guess, anyways. (We may never know, because student academic records are private, and it is up to the student to disclose them).
     
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    Sheen is an unusual case, for two reasons:
    1) NAIT is not traditionally a feeder school for USports ... many student-athletes go to Grant MacEwan before going to the UofA, or Mount Royal before going to the UofC, but NAIT is a trades-oriented college. You don't see many transfers from NAIT to any university.
    2) He sat out an entire year.

    If you read the eligibility requirements, it states that he would have to be in good standing the last year he competed in the CCAA. He needn't have taken courses in the past year, so long as he was in good standing at NAIT in 2015-2016 (thereby maintaining his eligibility for 2016-17). If you think about this, it's a sensible rule ... it allows someone to take a year off school. A student-athlete should not be penalized for working for a year, as one example, instead of being a full-time student.

    Thus, it's really odd that he was deemed ineligible so late into the season. The information from NAIT would have been easy to obtain - and would have been required by the UofC to register him.

    It's got to be something else other than his academic performance at NAIT.
     

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