Woe is Juco Joe

Updating the Princeton-Lehigh game:

It appears Lehigh's cone of silence around the status of Joe Knight has finally been penetrated.

From Corky Blake's Express-Times report on the Lehigh-Princeton game:
Knight has missed the Mountain Hawks' first four games because of a snafu with his academic record as submitted to the NCAA by Lehigh.

On Sunday, Lehigh released the following statement:

"Lehigh has elected to withhold the participation of Joe Knight pending resolution by NCAA staff members of a technical question regarding completed course credits. A formal request for clarification has been submitted by Lehigh and a response is expected soon. However, until that question is resolved, Lehigh has elected not to permit Joe Knight to participate. He remains in good academic standing at Lehigh and is on target to receive his degree in June 2006."
According to Andre Williams story in the Morning Call, Lehigh coach Billy Taylor's only comment was that he hopes the issue is resolved soon.

It might be worth noting that the statement was apparently only released to media at the game. There is still no mention of Knight's absence on the Lehigh Web site.

Blake included an explanation of Knight's history, explaining how he went to High Point two years, then spent a year at a Texas Community College before transferring to Lehigh. For some reason, Williams did not mention the stop in the Lone Star State.

Meanwhile, sans Knight, Lehigh fell to 1-3 after losing 64-54 at home to Princeton.

Matt Szalachowski, a freshman, started in place of Knight. He and senior Mitch Gilfillan kind of split most of Knight's minutes. Together they were nowhere near Knight's production. Their combined line: 8 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 turnovers in a total of 48 minutes.

Kyle Neptune picked up some of the scoring load, finishing with 22. Jose Olivero was 1-for-7 from the field, scored 10 points (8-for-14 FT) while turning it over 5 times and dishing 3 assists.

The incredible shrinking Jason Mgebroff saw his minutes down to 7 in this one. The only non-zeroes in his line: 0-1 shooting and 1 foul.

In Williams' story, Andre indicates Mgebroff's conditioning is the reason he has lost his starting job.

If the game were a blog post, at the bottom of the box it would say something like: 926 fans cared enough to bother coming out. When you figure Bethlehem is an easy drive from Princeton, the Eagles suck and the students don't start break until Wednesday, that is pretty sad.

Maybe all the Lehigh fans were still hungover from Saturday.
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