Marquette sophomore guard Todd Mayo has been ruled academically ineligible, per a statement sent out by the school Monday night.
Mayo is unable to practice or play, effective immediately.
“Todd understands success in our program requires a sincere commitment to excellence on and off the floor. I’m extremely disappointed he’s put himself in this position, but he has the full support of our program as he works to improve,” head coach Buzz Williams said in a statement.
Mayo’s ineligibility stems from the NCAA’s minimum requirements. Per the Summary of NCAA Regulations, The NCAA states a student-athlete entering his second year of enrollment must “present a cumulative grade-point average that equals at least 90 percent of the institution’s overall cumulative grade-point average required for graduation.”
Marquette’s minimum requirement for student-athletes is a 2.0 GPA, which would mean the NCAA’s minimum standard is a 1.8 grade-point average.
Mayo also would have needed to complete the minimum requirement of credits, though it’s unknown which of the requirements Mayo did not complete to keep his eligibility for the first semester.
The 6-foot-3 guard averaged 7.9 points and 2.7 rebounds in 21.1 minutes per game as a freshman, acting as the first guard off the bench for much of the season. He was expected to take on a more significant role in 2012-’13, following the graduation of fellow shooting guard Darius Johnson-Odom.
This could put the sophomore’s season in doubt. He was suspended earlier this summer for unspecified reasons, and rejoined the team in early August. He was also suspended for the second half of Marquette’s game at West Virginia last year, stemming from an incident at a Milwaukee nightclub in January.
No word has been made official, but speculation is that Mayo will be ineligible for the first semester and will reapply for eligibility in Marquette’s second semester, which would coincide with the start of the Big East season.