Purdue's top running back ruled academically ineligible

Updated: August 14, 2003, 12:49 PM ET

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue running back Joey Harris was ruled academically ineligible for his senior season.

Harris, the Boilermakers' leading rusher with more than 1,100 yards last season, needed to average a B in three summer school classes to remain eligible, Purdue sports information director Tom Schott said Thursday.

Sophomore Brandon Jones, who rushed for nearly 700 yards last year, will likely replace Harris.

"We just heard the news last night, so I think that not everybody is over the initial disappointment," Jones said. "Obviously, we'd love to have Joey back this year, but things didn't happen that way. We just have to get over it and move on."

Harris did not attend the team's media day event Thursday.

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