BC granted waivers
Harris among five players awarded medical hardship
None of the news was unexpected, but the confirmation by the Atlantic Coast Conference yesterday that it approved medical waivers for five Boston College players came as a recruiting bonus for Eagles coach Frank Spaziani.
The players - senior running back Montel Harris, senior defensive tackle Kaleb Ramsey, senior wide receiver Ifeanyi Momah, sophomore cornerback C.J. Jones, and freshman defensive end Connor Wujciak - all suffered season-ending injuries. For Momah, who missed the entire 2009 season with an injury, BC must request a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA. That decision is expected next month. Momah was regarded as the Eagles’ top receiver coming into this season.
According to NCAA and ACC regulations, medical hardship waivers may be granted to players with season-ending injuries who have appeared in fewer than 30 percent of their team’s competitions, with none coming after the season’s midway point.
“This is fantastic news,’’ director of athletics Gene DeFilippo said in a statement, referring to the added year of eligibility. “We’re talking about six outstanding young men whose seasons were cut short by injury.’’
It could be argued that the losses of Harris, Ramsey, Momah, and Jones were significant factors in the Eagles’ 4-8 season, as all were listed as starters in the preseason depth chart.
Harris, who was the ACC’s preseason player of the year, missed the first three games before sustaining a season-ending knee injury against Wake Forest in the Eagles’ fifth game.
Ramsey suffered a foot injury early in the team’s season-opening loss to Northwestern. Momah suffered a season-ending left knee injury in the Northwestern game. Jones suffered a knee injury during the opening kickoff of the team’s second game.
Cyclones lock up Rhoads
Iowa State announced a 10-year, $20 million contract with Paul Rhoads, who is 18-19 in three seasons with the Cyclones. Iowa State (6-6) is playing in the Pinstripe Bowl against Rutgers on Dec. 30 at Yankee Stadium . . . First-team All-America left tackle Matt Kalil of Southern Cal is skipping his senior season to enter the NFL draft. He is widely projected as a top-five pick. The 6-foot-7-inch Kalil hasn’t allowed a sack all season . . . Miami offensive lineman Brandon Washington and defensive end Olivier Vernon are skipping their final seasons for the NFL draft.
Wis.-Whitewater wins again
Levell Coppage scored on a 1-yard run and Wisconsin-Whitewater (15-0) shut down Mount Union (14-1) until the closing minutes to win its third consecutive Division 3 national championship, 13-10, in Salem, Va., in the seventh consecutive title game between the schools . . . Tim Flanders rushed for 287 yards on 26 carries and Sam Houston State (14-0) advanced to its first Championship Subdivision title game with a 31-28 win over Montana in Huntsville, Texas.
Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.