Tennessee head basketball coach Buzz Peterson announced Tuesday that junior forward Marcus Haislip did not academically qualify to play basketball this semester.
While Haislip met the university's academic guidelines, he fell short of meeting the NCAA standards for athletic eligibility. While working to regain his eligibility, Haislip will continue to attend classes at the university and will be able to participate in practices with the team but will not be able to compete in games.
"It is a very unfortunate situation," Peterson said. "Marcus has shown signs of getting things in order academically but did not meet the qualifications to be able to play this semester. He will be able to practice with us but will not be able to participate in any games until he gets his academics in order."
Haislip, a 6-foot-10 forward from Lewisburg, Tenn., averaged 5.8 points and 2.5 rebounds in 33 games last season. His 51 blocked shots on the campaign led the team and ranked fifth on Tennessee's all-time lists.
Among those competing for Haislip's vacated spot are freshmen Brandon Crump, Derek Stribling and Elgrace Wilborn.
Haislip benched for grades
Published: Thu Aug 23, 2001 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 03:44 p.m.