Younger's Appeal for Fourth Season Denied By NCAA

University of Houston head basketball coach Ray McCallum announced that the appeal for Kenny Younger to have his fourth season reinstated has been denied by the NCAA's Academics Eligibility Compliance Cabinet Subcommittee on Continuing Eligibility Issues.

"We were informed that his waiver was denied, and that puts him out for the season," McCallum said. "He is a fine young man and excellent basketball player who has worked very hard and done a great job in practice. It would have been a nice lift to have him join the team."

Younger, who had started 88 consecutive games and ranked among the top 25 career scoring and rebounding leaders in UH history with 1,131 points and 631 rebounds prior to the 2000-01 season, came to Houston as an partial qualifier in 1997-98.

He was a third-team All-Conference USA performer in 1998-99 after averaging 15.7 points and 7.8 rebounds. He and Gee Gervin formed one of the top scoring duo's in C-USA history that season as they combined to averaged more than 36 points.

Last year, Younger averaged 13.5 points and 7.5 rebounds for the Cougars and led the team with 25 blocked shots.

He had completed 72 percent of the requirements needed for a bachelor's degree following 2000 summer semester. Last fall, Younger's progress was at 85 percent.

But, NCAA rules require that students complete 75 percent of the requirements before the academic year begins in order to regain their fourth year of eligibility.

"We were told that he should seek a waiver and present documentation on where he was at the end of the semester," McCallum said. "But, his appeal was flat out denied. He will remain on scholarship in pursuit of his degree."



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