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August 16, 2006
"The reinstatement staff concluded that Mr. Jarrett gained a benefit based on his living arrangements. Requiring him to pay the full value of his housing stipend and his share of the utility costs not only considers all the facts in the case but also provides a student-friendly decision that allows him to compete without missing any games."
- NCAA director of student-athlete reinstatement Jennifer Strawley announcing that USC receiver Dwayne Jarrett was reinstated for the 2006 season but would have to repay the benefit [$18,001] he received from his previous housing arrangement.
Both the soccer scholars and volleyball savants were out in force at the Creek this week as volleyball and women's soccer polls were released. In volleyball, Stanford was anointed as the likely predecessor to defending champion Washington while in women's soccer, UCLA - for the seventh time in eight years - was picked to defend their conference crown.
Meanwhile at NCAA HQ, the NCAA will be streamlining enforcement and infractions processes to improve accuracy and efficiency - these include hiring more staff, providing schools an opportunity for reconsideration in order to cut down on lengthy appeals processes and allowing schools to submit joint statements of facts with NCAA staff.
Sophomore defensive lineman Mika Kane suffered a broken hand and will miss the opener against Tennessee while freshman defensive lineman Mike Costanzo has a sprained knee that will keep him out for a month and redshirt freshman offensive lineman Matt Laird will also be out for a few weeks with a dislocated shoulder.
In women's hoops, sophomore starting guard Jene Morris will transfer to San Diego State.
Sophomore running back Anthony Kimble is out for an undetermined amount of time while he recovers from a skin infection.
Junior defensive lineman Joe Rudulph has been suspended indefinitely for breaking team rules.
Safety Jake Merrill and defensive back Clarence Simpson have both left the team while safety Darin Harris is not with the team while he recovers from a back injury.
Sophomore defensive lineman Ra'shon Harris is out for the season with a torn triceps muscle.
Senior receiver Joe Cowan suffered a knee injury and will miss at least two weeks while freshman offensive lineman Sean Sheller also suffered a knee injury and will be out for at least a month. Sophomore safety Robert Kibble, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, will be out indefinitely while battling the disease.
Sophomore offensive lineman Leo Talavou has left the team but the Sun Devils received a verbal commitment from offensive lineman Mike Marcisz, who chose ASU over Fresno State, California and Oregon.
In men's hoop, senior guard Bryson Krueger was kicked off the team after his arrest for drug and gun possession. The Sun Devils received verbal commitments from guard James Harden, who selected ASU over Washington, UCLA and Arizona, and guard Jamelle McMillan.
In men's hoop, assistant coach Reggie Geary left to become an assistant coach for a semi-pro team in Anaheim.
Junior receiver Dwayne Jarrett was reinstated by the NCAA after being suspended for his involvement in an illegal housing arrangement. Redshirt senior running back Brandon Hancock is out for the season due to a knee injury.
Junior defensive linemen Matt Mullenix and Aaron Johnson suffered a broken hand and hammy strain, respectively and are out indefinitely. Redshirt freshman offensive lineman Andy Roof broke his thumb and will be out for a month. Redshirt freshman quarterback Arkelon Hall suffered a leg fracture in his left leg and is expected to be out indefinitely while freshman offensive lineman Grady Maxwell is also out after undergoing knee surgery.
In men's hoop, the Cougars received a verbal commitment from guard Nick Witherill.
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