Jody Demling of CardinalAuthority.com broke the news earlier this afternoon that the University of Louisville has lost their appeal with the NCAA in regards to the eligibility of freshman center Mangok Mathiang.
Mathiang was ruled ineligible by the NCAA clearing house in mid October. Louisville appealed the decision, but unfortunately the clearing house stood firm with their decision. Mathiang will sit out this season and have four years of eligibility starting in 2013.
Rick Pitino mentioned in the pre-game show last week that regardless of the clearing house’s decision, he would have redshirted Mathiang anyway. He also said that they’ve been very pleased with Magok since he’s arrived to Louisville. Pitino went on to tell Paul Rogers that the staff couldn’t have found a better center had they tried to sign one in the 2013 class.