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Billy Gillispie’s junior college team forced to forfeit entire season

Joe Robbins | Getty

Joe Robbins | Getty

Joe Robbins | Getty

According to the Dallas Morning News, Billy Gillispie’s team at Ranger College, a junior college in Texas, has been forced to forfeit all 31 wins from last season for using an ineligible player. The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) handed down the ruling in May and after several appeals by Ranger, upheld their original decision yesterday.

The player in question, Joshua Simmons, played in every game last season, averaging 11.4 points and nine rebounds; however, because he applied to enter the NBA Draft in 2013, the NJCAA ruled him ineligible. Ranger College president Bill Campion claims Simmons’ workout coach submitted his name to the Draft without his knowledge then took his name out, but according to NJCAA rules, a player becomes ineligible as soon as he applies for the Draft.

Not only will Ranger have to forfeit all 31 wins from the 2015-2016 season and their fourth-place finish in the 2016 NJCAA DI Men’s Basketball Championship, they will be on probation for the upcoming season and can’t participate in postseason play.

How is Gillispie taking the news?

As for Gillispie, Campion said the coach took the news hard, having “poured his heart” into Ranger since he was hired as basketball coach and athletic director in April 2015.

Despite the setback, Campion says Gillispie is committed to staying at Ranger.

[Dallas Morning News]

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15 Comments for Billy Gillispie’s junior college team forced to forfeit entire season

  1. UK1983
    11:22 am October 7, 2016 Permalink

    and this surprises who? once again the fool who hired him should be fired.
    i just don’ know how he gets a job given his past – and particularly his lawsuit vs UK when he was terminated. The AD profession must be comprised of some of the stupidest people in sport -and that is saying something.

  2. Sentient Third Eye
    11:23 am October 7, 2016 Permalink

    If events really did happen as BCG describes them, and you never can tell when dealing with him, then he and Ranger got royally dicked.

    • UKBlueGreen
      11:32 am October 7, 2016 Permalink

      ‘got royally dicked.’

      That’s an excellent analogy for old lover boy.’

  3. Bluebloodtoo
    11:40 am October 7, 2016 Permalink

    When people feel like problems follow them everywhere they go, they should really look at the commonality between all those problems.

    • inside info2
      1:03 pm October 7, 2016 Permalink

      Blueblood, you must be old. This is the 21st Century. It is never the individual’s fault. It is always someone else’s fault. Everyone is a victim and nobody has to take responsibility for their actions. Get with the times!

  4. CrazyCayts
    11:47 am October 7, 2016 Permalink

    Yet, Louisville used several ineligible players to win a National Title and they will only get a slap on the wrist… smh

    • secrick
      11:55 am October 7, 2016 Permalink

      Yeah, Louisville and North Carolina are going to get away with a slap on the wrist for doing so much worse.

  5. runningunnin.454
    12:19 pm October 7, 2016 Permalink

    Ouch…..the NCAA lowered the boom; so now they can let NC off the hook for 20 years of corruption.

    • Catsby80
      12:23 pm October 7, 2016 Permalink

      ncaa doesn’t regulate junior colleges. but yes, UNC and UofL will both get off the hook.

    • runningunnin.454
      1:43 pm October 7, 2016 Permalink

      Oops, I was thinking division II. Thanks.

  6. RealCatsFan
    1:28 pm October 7, 2016 Permalink

    So the NJCAA must be the little brother to the NCAA, and possibly only slightly less inept and corrupt. Kind of like the Kim Jong-un to the NCAA’s Kim Jong-il.

    • Sentient Third Eye
      2:08 pm October 7, 2016 Permalink

      Or Mini Me to Doctor Evil

    • doobie brother
      2:42 pm October 7, 2016 Permalink

      Except Kim Jong un is Kim Jong-il’s son not his brother and both were/are completely inept, corrupt and on and on…

      I don’t know much about this case but it’s a bit strange that someone can submit a player’s name to the draft without the players knowledge.

    • J-Dub421
      3:54 pm October 7, 2016 Permalink

      It sounds crazy, but it was last year or the year before that Cliff Alexander’s family (Kansas basketball player) took money from an agent without his knowledge and got him ruled ineligible right before the post season.

  7. grandepdre
    2:43 pm October 7, 2016 Permalink

    That’s not all he poured.