Fighting Irish forward Tim Abromaitis, the player expected to replace Ben Hansbrough as the team’s leader, top scorer, and overall best talent, will miss the first four games of the college basketball regular season.
Why? A misunderstanding in the technicality of an NCAA rule dating back to the 2008-09 season.
During his sophomore year (’08-’09), Abromaitis played in Notre Dame’s first two exhibition games against Briar Cliff (Oct. 31) and Stonehill (Nov. 9) and then was withheld from competition for the remainder of the season in order to preserve an extra year of eligibility.
Under NCAA rules, freshman student-athletes are allowed to participate in preseason exhibition contests and still preserve the entire year of eligibility. The Bylaw, however, does not provide the same exception for returning student-athletes in their sophomore, junior and senior seasons. Therefore, Abromaitis technically used a season of eligibility when he participated in those two preseason exhibition con...