Crawford, Holman lose appeals to play for different schools

Updated: December 3, 2008, 2:55 PM ET
By Andy Katz |

Former Indiana guard Jordan Crawford lost an appeal for a waiver to play this season at Xavier.

Xavier officials were told by the NCAA that Crawford would have to sit this season per the one-year in-residence requirement for a four-year transfer.

Crawford's former teammate, Eli Holman, was denied a similar request to play this season at Detroit without sitting out.

Armon Bassett was attempting to do the same thing at UAB but based on these results likely wouldn't receive different news.

Crawford will have three years of eligibility remaining.

The former Indiana players were hoping that NCAA sanctions against the school would help their case but Indiana received no postseason ban and a three-year probation that included accepting IU's self-imposed sanctions, nothing new against the school.

The IU players could have played for new coach Tom Crean and wouldn't have seen their careers interrupted by any sanctions. The IU players were recruited by former coach Kelvin Sampson, now an assistant for the Milwaukee Bucks. Sampson received a five-year show-cause penalty by the NCAA's committee on infractions for his role in the violations.

Crawford and Holman can continue to practice with their respective teams and both will be counted on heavily in 2009-10.

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