OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- The NCAA has refused to restore the eligibility of Ohio State basketball recruit Damon Flint, it was announced Monday,.
Ohio State officials declared Flint ineligible in March as a result of illegal recruiting methods but requested that the NCAA restore the eligibility.
The NCAA conducted its own investigation and uncovered some additional violations. The NCAA's eligibility staff determined that certain of the violations were clear and fundamental in nature. Although these violations were not serious when considered individually, they provided a recruiting advantage when considered collectively that was unavailable to other institutions that were recruiting Flint.
Ohio State may appeal the eligibility staff's decision to the Division I members of the NCAA Eligibility Committee. Such an appeal then would be conducted by telephone conference call.
Flint, a senior at Woodward High School in Cincinnati, signed a National Letter of Intent to attend the university in November 1992 but would be permitted by the NCAA to enroll at any other NCAA member institution without loss of eligibility.
Initially, two impermissible recruiting contacts by the university's head men's coach and a former assistant basketball coach were discovered by Ohio State officials. The NCAA investigation revealed six other violations.
The NCAA is still considering whether or not to discipline Ohio State and the coaches involved.