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PSC sophomore ruled academically ineligible

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - A member of the Plymouth State College football team has been declared academically ineligible for the rest of the 2000 season.

PSC announced that sophomore wide receiver Nate Sergent (Gardiner, Maine), who transferred to Plymouth State after attending both the University of Maine Orono and UMaine Augusta, is ineligible to participate on the football team.

"The transfer rules are very complex, and based on the information we had in pre-season, we thought he was eligible and allowed him to play in our first game (Sept. 9th)," said PSC Interim Director of Athletics John P. Clark. "We received additional information from one of the previous schools he attended, which we didn't receive until last Friday (Sept. 15th), and found that there was some question. We held him out of Saturday's game (Sept. 16th) until we found out for sure."

"Clearly in hindsight we didn't do as thorough a review as we should have," added Clark. "We have self-reported this incident to the NCAA, and are following the proper procedures regarding ineligible players."

"There are several steps to go through with the NCAA regarding the use of an ineligible player," said Clark. "We are complying fully with those steps, we regret the circumstances of this situation, and we are thoroughly reviewing our eligibility and compliance review procedures."