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NCAA Denies Appeal for Old Dominion's Donte Hill

The NCAA has denied Old Dominion's Donte Hill from continuing his collegiate career because of a practice he participated in years ago.

Rafael Suanes-USA TODAY Sports

You probably have heard the story of Old Dominion's Donte Hill at some point over the past year. Hill originally attended Clemson where he appeared in 23 games for the Tigers during his freshman campaign. Hill would never suit up for the Tigers again except for a practice scrimmage his second year.

After attending Clemson Hill transferred to Old Dominion expecting to have three years of eligibility for the Monarchs. Hill, who started 28 games for ODU this past year, was only granted two years by the NCAA and essentially forfeiting his sophomore year due to the practice scrimmage he participated in before leaving Clemson.

Today the NCAA denied Hill's appeal to play one more year for the Monarchs who are transitioning to Conference USA. He issued a statement regarding the NCAA's decision today:

"I am very disappointed by the NCAA’s decision to deny my appeal, as I was hopeful there would have been reconsideration for my case, I am very appreciative of the efforts on my behalf by Old Dominion. I enjoyed my time here and I will be a Monarch forever."

New ODU coach Jeff Jones also commented:

"Obviously, this news is extremely disappointing to our staff and team and of course to  Donte,"  said Jones.  He had a short, but successful career at ODU and more importantly has his sociology degree from the university. Donte is a great representative of the ideals the NCAA encourages in its student athletes. We know Donte has a bright future ahead of him."