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Date Posted: 10:37:33 10/28/05 Fri
Author: J.J.
Subject: Jefferson Suspended by NCAA for 3 games

Are you kidding me? I hate the NCAA! Once again they pick on the little guys while those felons at UConn get a slap on the wrist. Reminds me of the "textbook" scandal at CCSU - we got screwed by the NCAA then too.

We run a damn clean program and this is what we have to put up with. St. Johns can go crazy, but they're in the Big East, so its OK. Sorry, I just can't stand this stuff!

Courant Staff Writer

October 28 2005

The NCAA has suspended Sacred Heart guard Eugene Pettway six games and Central Connecticut guard Lenny Jefferson three games for participating with an outside team last spring.

"Eugene [and Jefferson] played at the Shehan Center in Bridgeport in games with officials, which isn't allowed by NCAA rules," Sacred Heart coach Dave Bike said Thursday.

Sacred Heart reported the violation to the NCAA. The penalty for Pettway, a sophomore from Bridgeport who averaged 3.9 points in 19 games last season, was to miss one game for every game played at the Shehan Center. He will sit out the first six games this season, including games against Yale and Boston College.

During its investigation, the NCAA also determined that Jefferson merited a suspension.

"Any time there are officials, and during the school year, well, Lenny made a mistake," Central coach Howie Dickenman said of Jefferson, a senior from Norwalk who averaged 10.2 points as a part-time starter last season.

Jefferson, like Pettway, is practicing with his team. Jefferson will miss both games of the Mohegan Sun Classic Nov. 18-19 against Birmingham Southern and Northeastern, and the game at Florida International Nov. 22.
Copyright 2005, Hartford Courant

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[> Re: Jefferson Suspended by NCAA for 3 games -- Moose, 11:51:05 10/28/05 Fri

I knew about the Pettway suspension.
I am sorry to here about Jefferson.
That will make a difference.
But it is only 3 games early in the year.
It will not effect the conference part of the season.
He will be back for them.

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[> [> Re: Jefferson Suspended by NCAA for 3 games -- J.J., 12:13:10 10/28/05 Fri

What kills me is both these kids are being punsihed for playing a game - literally, that's all.

They didn't commit a felony, they didn't steal $11K worth of computers, they didn't assualt a woman, they didn't accept cash from a booster, they didn't cheat on an exam, they didn't posses illegal drugs, they didn't shave points in a game or make a bet on college sports.

What did they do? They played in a rec league game with refs and adult supervision? When is that a crime?

Its sad when the NCAA controls the actions of student athletes, but they can't control their own greed. When amauture sports rules are written by 100 lawyers instead of common sense, that's when I have a problem. Totally disgusting, period!

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[> [> [> Re: Jefferson Suspended by NCAA for 3 games -- UAalum72, 21:58:05 10/28/05 Fri

This IS the same suspension that Billy Edelin at Syracuse got for the same offense last year - before his other problems overtook him.

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[> [> Re: Jefferson Suspended by NCAA for 3 games -- LarryL9797, 15:48:22 10/28/05 Fri

I cant wait to see what the UCONN players suspensions play out... That is too bad..

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[> Re: Jefferson Suspended by NCAA for 3 games -- Mike, 23:03:39 10/28/05 Fri

What a load of crap!!! I can't believe this, what a crock. The big programs get away with bribes, stealing and drug scandals, but Lenny at CCSU gets suspended from basketball for playing basketball!

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