College Hockey:
Updated: Wisconsin freshman Kerdiles has penalty cut to 10 games

According to the Wisconsin State Journal, Badgers’ freshman forward Nic Kerdiles will miss the 2012-13 season after the NCAA found he “violated its code of amateurism.”

An appeal was filed and on Friday, it was announced that Kerdiles will only miss UW’s first 10 games and will be eligible to play in the Nov. 30 game at Denver.

Apparently, Kerdiles tweeted a reference to his agent after being drafted by Anaheim in the second round of June’s NHL draft. His Twitter account has since been deleted.

That may not be the only alleged violation, however.

The SB Nation Blog Bucky’s 5th Quarter reported that Kerdiles was pictured along with then-draft-eligible players Alex Galchenyuk and Nail Yakupov holding a supplement in a tweet posted to the Twitter account of agent Ian Pulver.

The tweet with the photo, taken during the NHL scouting combine in Toronto, said:

‪@BioSteelSports‬ at NHL Combine ‪@NicKerdiles‬ ‪@AGally94‬ and the Yak. ‪@Igor_Larionov‬ ‪@dtolensky‬ ‪pic.twitter.com/J8RO0urL‬

The photo and caption could be considered a product endorsement, which is against NCAA amateurism rules.

On Oct. 19, the NCAA Division I Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement reduced the penalty to 30 percent from the NCAA staff’s original decision, meaning that Kerdiles will miss Wisconsin’s first 10 regular-season games, which includes the two games against Northern Michigan last weekend.

“While we recognize the significant nature of a reduction in penalty from a full season withholding to 30 percent, we are dismayed that any penalty whatsoever was imposed on Nic Kerdiles in this matter,” said UW senior associate athletic director for regulatory affairs Walter Dickey in a statement. “We remain confident that the facts demonstrate Nic had no culpability. The facts serve as evidence that he has the kind of character we believed he had when he was first recruited. Throughout this ordeal, Nic has demonstrated nothing but poise and integrity consistent with the outstanding student-athlete we know he is.

“Nic is currently exploring his options which we have encouraged him to do. Our hope is that he remains a Badger.”

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  • http://twitter.com/DavidGorder David Gorder

    Social Media and college athletes don’t mix well. Sounds like a bunch of garbage though. If they don’t have proof that he got paid or received free supplements then I don’t think they should suspend him. I’m not sure what the specific rules are on endorsements

    • http://www.facebook.com/narcogen David Josselyn

      Somehow I doubt a court is going to grant the NCAA the warrant it would need to perform a search and prove anything. If endorsements are prohibited and the photo is an endorsement, than that’s that. If he didn’t bother to get paid for an act that cost him his eligibility… well, this would make a nice object lesson for teaching athletes how to deal with agents and companies seeking endorsements.

  • sioux-rok

    this Sioux fan thinks this is BS! This reinforces my negative opinion of the NCAA. Let the kid play!

    This is very trivial

  • http://twitter.com/billvill Bill V

    This UML fan thinks BS as well.

  • College Hockey Fan

    Why even be associating with an agent when you know your in college? Just shows you how clueless college athletes are these days.

    • Joe

      The majority of drafted college hockey players have agents. Only they aren’t called “agents,” they’re called “family advisers.” The NCAA is being hypocritical in its treatment of this kid since it doesn’t address all the family advisers who magically become a kid’s agent when his college career is over.

  • hkyfan

    The NCAA has gone too far. The only thing a player shouldn’t be abel to do is accept money. Period. They don’t alow players to even talk to teams until they graduate. Thats like telling a regular student that they can’t interview for a job until they graduate. Its wrong and I know there is already one lawsuit against the NCAA by a baseball player. Any athelete should be able to promote themselve to help secure the job ( just because its in sports , it still a job) as long as they don’t take any compensation in any way. The NCAA is just ridiculous.

    • College Hockey Fan

      Very true. But when you accept a scholarship to play sports at NCAA schools, you accept the rules that apply for being a student athlete.
      Athletes and general students are not the same by NCAA bylaws. There are different rules and if your not willing to accept them, then do not sign on for a scholarship and the rules by which the sports are goverened.
      Start holding the people ( athletes ) responsible for there actions. Your not forced to go to college and play sports, it’s a choice you make.

  • scpa0305

    What a mess the NC$$ is.

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