NCAA rules Army veteran ineligible after serving in war zone
The NCAA has ruled Isaiah Brock ineligible of competing in college basketball for Oakland University after joining the Army in 2012 and serving time in Afghanistan and Kuwait war zones, according to CBS Sports.
Brock was invited to play on the basketball team and was going to be honored for his military accolades, which include the Army Commendation Medal, a National Defense Service Medal, a Global War on Terrorism Medal, an Army Service Ribbon and a Certificate of Achievement.
“I don't want to speak for the NCAA, but I think they put an emphasis on Isaiah Brock in 2011 and what his credentials at that time would suggest,” athletic director Jeff Konya told CBS Sports. "But Isaiah Brock in 2016 is a different person. He's taken college classes and passed them with a 3.0. So if the issue is that he's not prepared academically to do college work, I'd argue the proof is in the pudding.”
The NCAA deemed Brock ineligible because his high school transcript at Baltimore's Forest Park High School is not up to par with the NCAA freshman requirements for a school's "college readiness.” The transcript is about five years old, from before Brock spent time in the Army.
Brock took online college-level classes last year.
Okaland University plans to file an appeal and apply for a waiver that would allow Brock to play in the upcoming season.