A.J. Ratliff ineligible for first semester

  • 08/25/2007 8:19 pm in

A.J. RatliffWhat has been speculated on message boards for a couple of weeks has now been confirmed by coach Kelvin Sampson: A.J. Ratliff is ineligible for the first semester due to academics.

Ratliff, a senior, will miss the ACC/Big Ten challenge contest in Bloomington with Georgia Tech as well as the Kentucky game. In total, he’ll miss nine games.

If he regains a favorable academic standing during the fall semester, he’ll be able to play the second semester.

Here’s what Sampson had to say about the situation at a press conference on Saturday, according to the Associated Press:

“As I told him, this is a great chance to be a success story,” Sampson said. “I’m not interested in reliving the past. I told him if he graduates with a degree from Indiana University, he has a chance for a great life, and that’s our goal for him.”

Hopefully Ratliff will get his academics in order and return for the second semester. His absence will create more immediate playing time for Jamarcus Ellis and Jordan Crawford and will make Armon Bassett the most experienced member of the backcourt for the first part of the season.

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  • IU Jimmy

    Seriously, how does a senior become ineligible? Hopefully, he gets his academics in order for semester 2.

  • IU Jimmy

    Seriously, how does a senior become ineligible? Hopefully, he gets his academics in order for semester 2.

  • Kelin

    Ok ok…I won’t let this bother me, but for one week with BA leaving and now this, it is a little too much. I hope AJ has learned a lesson but moreso I hope the other guys step up. What would make me happy this week is a fax/email/or phone call from Mr. Angel Garcia to KS saying I am coming to IU and I want to beat PU by 40.

  • Kelin

    Ok ok…I won’t let this bother me, but for one week with BA leaving and now this, it is a little too much. I hope AJ has learned a lesson but moreso I hope the other guys step up. What would make me happy this week is a fax/email/or phone call from Mr. Angel Garcia to KS saying I am coming to IU and I want to beat PU by 40.

  • IU Jimmy

    I want to see IU beat Purdue by 40. Does that help? 🙂

  • IU Jimmy

    I want to see IU beat Purdue by 40. Does that help? 🙂

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    I wonder where he is right now. Wouldn’t mind seeing him come back to Assembly Hall to support the team despite the previous mess.