Friday, February 01, 2002
NCAA won't reinstate Vols WR
Stallworth had opted for NFL draft but changed mind
The Associated Press
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. The NCAA on Thursday denied receiver Donte Stallworth's request to have his eligibility reinstated after he changed his mind about entering the NFL draft.
Stallworth, a junior, could appeal the decision to an NCAA committee, but university officials said he was waiting to talk to his family before deciding.
Coach Phillip Fulmer, out of town on a recruiting trip, told The Associated Press he didn't know the reasons for the rejection.
To my knowledge, I don't know why, he said. I haven't talked to them.
My mom really wants me to get my degree, Stallworth told the Chattanooga Times Free Press. I've talked to my mom a little bit, but I want to talk to her a little more in-depth.
Stallworth announced he was entering the draft early but changed his mind before the NFL's deadline. The NFL retrieved his paperwork, eliminating his name from the early-entry draft list.
But NCAA rules stipulate that even the intention to enter the draft results in lost eligibility. Stallworth also met with an agent and received nearly $1,300 in benefits before he changed his mind. Stallworth said he did not sign an agreement with the agent, Jimmy Sexton, and repaid him using his Pell Grant money.
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