UAlbany’s Nanticoke’s Eligibility Restored Following Social Media Post
NEW INFORMATION: Shortly after 5:30pm on Monday, Tehoka Nanticoke's eligibility was restored and the sophomore star will play Tuesday in the Great Danes' home opener against UMass.
In UAlbany lacrosse head coach Scott Marr's weekly segment on Big Board Sports this morning, he shed some light on Tehoka Nanticoke's absence on Saturday; what was a 17-16 loss at #3 Cornell.
The fact that UAlbany's best player didn't make the trip to Ithaca was explained by UAlbany as an "internal matter", but Marr opened up about a concern regarding something Nanticoke posted on social media.
The NCAA released this statement following Nanticoke's eligibility being restored by UAlbany:
The Albany lacrosse coach made inaccurate statements. Here are the facts. The NCAA did not suspend Tehoka Nanticoke. Albany proactively withheld him Saturday after finding a violation. The NCAA acted on Monday, the same day Albany reached out, and said he did not need to sit.
According to Marr, his sophomore sensation tagged a stick-stringing company in one of his posts and swift action was taken to remove Nanticoke from competition while college athletics' governing body now makes a decision on his future. It's being described as an "indefinite" suspension which looms large with two games for the Great Danes this week.
UMass comes to town on Tuesday afternoon and then UAlbany will host #2 Maryland at Casey Stadium. With or without Nanticoke? No one knows right now.