Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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May 13, 2006

OHSAA looks at Walker's eligibility

The Ohio High School Athletic Association is continuing to investigate whether the time North College Hill basketball player Bill Walker spent at Rose Hill Christian in the 2002-03 season will make him ineligible for his senior season at the Cincinnati school.

The OHSAA requested information about Walker’s academic history from Rose Hill officials and administrator Randy Douglas said a reply was sent this week.

At issue is whether Walker has exhausted his eight semesters of eligibility in Ohio. Walker has played the last three seasons at North College Hill, and Rose Hill officials say he was a freshman when he played in 16 games from Dec. 3, 2002 to Jan. 25, 2003.

“He was a freshman when he was here and he was a freshman when he left,” said Douglas, who said Rose Hill has indicated to the OHSAA that Walker was a freshman. “I went by what our records have. He took all ninth-grade classes and when he filled out his application it was circled that he was a ninth-grader.”

OHSAA representatives met with Walker, family members and North College Hill officials last month.

OHSAA Assistant Commissioner Bob Goldring told The Independent on Friday the issue is when Walker’s eligibility began.

“Ohio only allows eight semesters so the concern is if he’s exhausted those eight semesters,” Goldring said. “From our standpoint, the clock starts running when the student-athlete is a ninth-grader. That’s what’s unclear, when he was considered a ninth-grader.”

North College Hill Athletic Director Joe Nickel said the OHSAA will have to sort out conflicting information.

“We have things we’ve passed on to the OHSAA that I guess may be different than what someone else has. I don’t understand how school records can be different,” Nickel said. “The OHSAA will have to sort through it and make a decision.”

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