COEUR D'ALENE -- The National Junior College Athletic Association will impose sanctions on North Idaho College regarding the eligibility of an international player, while others were reversed in a recent appeal by NIC.
Guy-Marc Michel, a center from Sainte Marie, Martinique, played for NIC during the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 seasons. Michel transferred to Indiana University in 2010 and was ruled ineligible by the NCAA in early December.
The NJCAA decided to follow up the NCAA investigation with its own investigation into Michel’s eligibility during his time at NIC.
The NJCAA ruled that he was ineligible partially because of his participation with an upper level French professional team. However, the primary reason was because his eligibility expired while taking college preparatory classes after graduating from high school and prior to attending NIC. An NCAA Division I athlete is only allowed five years to complete four years of athletic eligibility once he or she begins college classes.
The NJCAA sanctions that were imposed in the December decision required NIC to forfeit all contests in which Michel participated and prohibited the college from participating in postseason play during the current 2010-2011 season.
NIC filed an appeal early this month and was notified on Thursday that the NJCAA Executive Committee voted to reverse certain sanctions while maintaining others. While NIC will still be forced to forfeit all wins from the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 seasons, the executive committee voted unanimously to allow NIC to participate in regional, district and national postseason play this season.