NCAA Investigation: Two Southern Miss basketball players have been ruled ineligible

NCAA Investigation: Two Southern Miss basketball players have been ruled ineligible

HATTIESBURG, MS (WLOX) - The NCAA has been investigating the Southern Miss basketball program dating back to the 2013 and 2014 seasons.

Southern Miss athletic director Bill McGillis released a statement on Thursday.

He said, "In accordance with NCAA rules, senior Jeremiah Eason and junior Rasham Suarez are no longer eligible to participate for the Southern Miss men's basketball team."

The NCAA investigation has centered on academics of both players.  There were questions regarding the legitimacy of their academic work load and if they were qualified to play.

"I'm disappointed for these two young men, our new head coach and our basketball program," Director of Athletics Bill McGillis, said. "We appreciate Jeremiah and Rasham's contributions to the program and want the very best for them as they move forward.  Our review with the NCAA of issues raised related to the 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years remains ongoing."

Suarez and Eason were recruited by former Southern Miss head coach Donnie Tyndall, who is presently coaching the Tennessee Volunteers. Both players were members of the College of Central Florida, a junior college.

Suarez netted 7.4 points in 30.4 minutes per game for Southern Miss this season and Easton was averaging 2/9 points in 25 minutes per game.

Besides an investigation involving academics, the NCAA is also investigating Southern Miss for improper financial aid to three players.

Tyndall guided Southern Miss to the NIT in 2013 and 2014 and accepted the Tennessee head coaching position after two seasons in Hattiesburg.

Southern Miss has posted a 6-12 record this season and have 1 victory in 6 Conference USA games.

Last week Southern Miss levied it's own self imposed penalty for concerns over the basketball program.  Southern Miss said the Golden Eagles 2014-2015 basketball team would not participate in any post-season play, including the Conference USA Tournament.

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