UTEP Men’s Basketball Signee Josh McSwiggan Denied Appeal By NCAA
The UTEP men's basketball program received some bad news earlier this morning when the NCAA denied Josh McSwiggan's appeal for eligibility. As a result, the 6-7 forward will not be able to play for the Miners until next season, and he will only have three years of eligibility left. McSwiggan will still be able to practice with the team and he will continue to stay enrolled at UTEP.
The biggest issue the NCAA had with McSwiggan was his coursework completed in England. Europeans have 13 years of grade school compared to 12 in the United States. Despite qualifying and his academics clearing, the NCAA said he delayed his enrollment with the extra year of grade school. Thus, McSwiggan will not be able to play in a Division 1 college game until 2016-17 as a sophomore.