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Quinnipiac's Giovanni McLean ruled ineligible amid juco fraud probe

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Quinnipiac guard Gio McLean has been ruled ineligible amid an investigation into legitimacy of his junior college records. Lee Higgins of The Journal-News was the first report the news. 

McLean, a transfer from Westchester Community College, is the fourth player to be ruled ineligible as a result of an investigation into their WCC transcripts. St. John's forward Keith Thomas was ruled ineligible last week. Damien Davis and Jamall Walker of Florida A&M were also ruled ineligible. 

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A Quinnipiac spokeswoman told Higgins that the NCAA has granted McLean a waiver that allows him to stay in school, but he cannot practice or play with the team. 

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The scandal at WCC was first revealed by The Journal-News, which quoted an anonymous Division I assistant coach as saying, "I knew the transcripts were fake the minute I saw them."

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The coach said the transcripts showed unexpectedly high GPAs and heavier than usual course loads. Thomas' transcript showed he took 21 credits, according to The Journal-News, while the NCAA requires junior college transfers to average 12 credit-hours. 

McLean and Thomas led WCC to the NJCAA National Tournament last season. 

- Dan Gartland