A day before the start of their season, at least 10 Morgan State football players were ruled academically ineligible Friday after an NCAA review revealed shortcomings in mandated academic requirements.
As part of a routine audit by the NCAA of Division I institutions’ academic-eligibility process, “a sampling” of Morgan State student-athletes from 2010 to 2014 did not meet certain academic benchmarks and therefore were not certified to play this season, the university announced. Bears athletic director Floyd Kerr declined to specify the number of ineligible student-athletes or the teams affected.
At least 10 of the ineligible student-athletes, according to a source, were on the Bears football team, which opens the season at Air Force on Saturday. At least one player, running back Herb Walker Jr., was a starter, according to a source.
Kerr said Morgan State is working with the NCAA to restore eligibility for the student-athletes.