Freshman didn't obtain certification for D-I play

Updated: December 2, 2004, 6:07 PM ET
Associated Press

RENO, Nev. -- Lyndale Burleson, a highly regarded freshman guard, will have to wait another season before he can play basketball for Nevada after the NCAA turned down the school's appeal.

Burleson, brother of former Wolf Pack receiver Nate Burleson who now plays for the NFL's Minnesota Vikings, failed to obtain certification for Division I play from the NCAA's Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse because of a dispute over one of his high school classes.

Nevada had appealed and athletic director Cary Groth believed there was a "50-50" chance Burleson would get to play still this season, but the NCAA rejected the appeal.

"We gave it our best shot," Groth told the Reno Gazette-Journal.

Burleson attended O'Dea High in Seattle and graduated from Franklin High in Seattle. He had been advised by a Franklin counselor to take a core class that didn't fulfill the requirement, Groth said.

"I don't agree with it but I'm not the powers that make the decision," Nevada coach Mark Fox said. "The good part is Lyndale will be here five years instead of four years."


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