Syracuse redshirt freshman center Obokoh loses year of eligibility

first_img Published on April 9, 2014 at 6:59 pm Contact Trevor: tbhass@syr.edu | @TrevorHass Syracuse redshirt freshman center Chinonso Obokoh has lost a year of eligiblity, SU Athletics spokesman Pete Moore confirmed to The Daily Orange in a text message Wednesday. Obokoh redshirted this year and did not play in a game, but will have three years of eligibility left starting next season, not four.The Post-Standard reported Obokoh lost a year of eligibility at SU “because the NCAA ruled that his Rochester high school improperly classified him as a student when he arrived from Nigeria.”Christopher Radford, the NCAA’s associate director of public and media relations, said in an email Thursday morning that the NCAA Eligibility Center reviews transcripts of international prospective student-athletes to ensure the student-athlete has graduated with the appropriate high school class. Radford said any time spent competing in athletics beyond that time, prior to college enrollment, can be subtracted from NCAA eligibility. He would not specify on Obokoh’s specific case. Former Bishop Kearney High School head coach Jon Boon adamantly denied Bishop Kearney’s connection to Obokoh losing a year.“This is the NCAA,” Boon said. “This has nothing to do with us. Ask the NCAA for their policy on Nigeria. I’ll save you a phone call. They don’t have one.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBoon said Obokoh came to Bishop Kearney from Nigeria in 2010. He said Obokoh sat out his freshman year because he came to the school after the start of basketball season, and that Obokoh then played for Bishop Kearney his sophomore, junior and senior seasons.Boon said Bishop Kearney was never contacted about the potential loss in eligibility at SU, and insisted Obokoh did not stay back a year in high school.“Here’s a kid who does everything he’s supposed to do, and they punish him,” Boon said. “Then you have all these idiots that go to 15-passenger van schools where they don’t even take the classes.“If they’re really going to do something like this, then it’s a joke. Like I said, we did nothing wrong at the school.”Boon said he hasn’t spoken with SU coaches Jim Boeheim or Mike Hopkins since Obokoh signed to play for SU last October, and he hasn’t spoken with anyone from the NCAA about Obokoh losing a year of eligibility.He said Obokoh finished with close to a 2.5 GPA in high school, took 16 core credits and earned his diploma. Boon said age is not an issue. Boon checked carefully to make sure Obokoh was the correct age for a freshman when he came over, and confirmed he wasn’t too old at the time.But now it appears that may not have been enough.“You’re talking about the NCAA,” Boon said. “They’re not consistent about anything. They just make up sh*t as they go.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Ekweremadu Salutes Paralympic Contingent, Says Ability is in Mind

first_imgFINAL MEDALS TABLE                            Gold        Silver      BronzeChina                     107          81            51Great Britain           64            39            44Ukraine                   41            37            39United States          40            44            31(17)Nigeria             8               2              2Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram .as Lions Club pledged more support for physically challengedBy Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja and Olakiitan Victor in Ado EkitiThe Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, yesterday described the Nigerian contingent to the Rio Paralympics in Brazil as true heroes, whom he said gave their best to their fatherland.He said with 12 medals, including two gold medals, and some world record-breaking performance, the team had not only put up its best performance ever by any Nigerian contingent to the paralympics, but had also shown that ability was in the mind.Ekweremadu, in his congratulatory message to Team Nigeria signed by his Special Adviser, Media, Uche Anichukwu, called on other Nigerian athletes and national teams to emulate the exceptional spirit exhibited by the Paralympians.He said: “I salute Team Nigeria for their patriotism and the sheer willpower exhibited. This will no doubt lift the spirit of the nation at this difficulty time. It is my hope that their compatriots who will fly the Nigerian flag at future competitions will imbibe their determination, for they have shown that ability is in the mind.It is also my hope that we learn the lesson as a nation to give everyone and every constituent part the opportunity to contribute to national development.”While calling on both the federal government and Nigerians to accord the team a heroic reception and accordingly reward them, Ekweremadu reiterated the need for drastic and urgent steps to reposition the nation’s sports sector. He also emphasised the need to revive school sporting competitions with a view to grooming future champions.In a related development, the Lions Club International,has urged government and well-meaning Nigerians to contribute to development of untapped talents at the grassroots..Lions Club District 404B 2  gave the advice during the Region 10 (Ekiti Axis) quarterly sports activities, organised to encourage members to engage in sporting games  that will elongate their lifespan .The  immediate past President of  Ado-Ekiti Central Lions’ Club, Lions Taiwo Odebunmi ,who coordinated  the committee for the sports programme held at the Oluyemi Kayode Stadium in Ado-Ekiti at the weekend  said: “We discover that many Lions Club members are hard working, some are civil servants, some are private businessmen who spend a lot of time in office, sitting down , doing a lot of businesses and do not have time to loosen up.“We discover that many of the causes of deaths is hypertension and we don’t want any of our members to suffer such because we need them. The longer they live, the better for our club, the better for the less privileged.” This is why our district lion Governor, Lion Adewunmi, has decided that during this year, we will engage our people in sporting activities so that they can improve their health.  So, we chose to organize the sporting activities on quarterly.” We have organised sports contests among youths in schools across Ekiti, but what we are doing today is the maiden edition of the sports involving Lions in the state.last_img read more

Minimum wage in B.C. to go up 40 cents in September

first_imgThe B.C. government is also cutting the small business tax rate by 40 per cent by the years 2017 and 2018 – meaning a small business with $100,000 in active business income would have its taxes go from $2,500 to $1,500.As well, the Province plans to invest $2.88 million in new training programs to help with labour shortages in B.C. VANCOUVER, B.C. — The Province is increasing the minimum wage in two steps.The first increase of 40 cents will bring it to $10.85 cents, which will go into effect on September 15, 2016.Another increase going into effect a year later, on September 15, 2017, will see a jump of 30 cents to $11.25.- Advertisement -Premier Christy Clark had previously said the minimum wage to the Consumer Price Index, but says strong economic growth in the province brought them to make changes.She says the wage the hikes mean an extra $1,400 will be in the pockets of workers with full-time minimum wage jobs.For servers handling liquor, the minimum wage will also increase at the same rate, to $9.60. The Province says the difference of $1.25 between the general minimum wage and liquor server rate will be maintained.Advertisementlast_img read more