Wolf Pack's Stanley declared academically ineligible

Updated: December 23, 2005, 1:26 PM ET
Associated Press

HONOLULU -- Nevada cornerback and football co-captain Kevin Stanley won't be playing in Saturday's Hawaii Bowl after being declared academically ineligible.

"We found out this morning, and he is on his way back to Reno," coach Chris Ault told the Reno Gazette-Journal after the team worked out at Aloha Stadium for two hours on Thursday.

"When we left on the weekend, I thought everyone was in good shape. I wasn't worried about it. I didn't expect anything like this."

Freshman De'Angelo Wilson will get the start at cornerback when the Wolf Pack plays Central Florida, but Ault said Wilson was slated to start in place of Stanley before the academic problem came up.

"De'Angelo was going to start because he had been the better player," Ault said. "It is not a blow for the team."

But Ault said he had wanted Stanley to be part of the game because he helped start the foundation that got Nevada a bowl bid.

"He should have helped finish it, but he didn't find a way to get it done," Ault said

Stanley was one of four senior captains on the team, which went 8-3 and won a share of the Western Athletic Conference championship this season.

He was fifth on the team with 45 tackles. He had one interception and lead the team with 15 passes defended.

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