NCAA will require Kentucky Wesleyan to forfeit runner-up finish

Updated: August 6, 2003, 6:06 PM ET

OWENSBORO, Ky. -- Kentucky Wesleyan must vacate its runner-up finish in this year's NCAA Division II men's basketball tournament, the NCAA announced Wednesday.

In July, Kentucky Wesleyan agreed to forfeit all its wins from this past season after the NCAA found the school had committed two secondary rule infractions. The Panthers finished 31-4 and lost 75-64 to Northeastern State (Okla.) in the championship game on March 29 in Lakeland, Fla.

Kentucky Wesleyan learned of the infractions during an internal investigation into the eligibility of two transfer players and then, according to an NCAA release, reported the violations to the NCAA. Kentucky Wesleyan President Wesley H. Poling has said the transfers were allowed to play last season despite being ineligible.

The school has not identified the ineligible players.

Marlon Parmer, a transfer from New Mexico, and Eugene Dabney, a transfer from Rutgers, both attended Kentucky Wesleyan only during the 2002-03 school year.

In addition to forfeiting the wins and vacating its national runner-up finish, the college will receive only 10 percent of the NCAA funds it earned from its postseason run.

Kentucky Wesleyan, which has won eight Division II titles and has appeared in the last six Division II championship games, said in July it would not appeal the NCAA's ruling.

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