NCAA rejects BC player's eligibility


In another early blow to the Boston College football team's roster, the NCAA has rejected the school’s request for a sixth year of eligibility for wide receiver Ifeanyi Momah.

“This is very disappointing news,” Eagles coach Frank Spaziani said in a statement Wednesday. “We only want what is best for Ifeanyi, and I felt a sixth year would have benefited him greatly after missing two full seasons with injuries.

“He is a great young man who will leave Boston College with a degree in hand. We are very grateful for his contributions to our football program, on and off the field, and we hope he is able to continue pursuing his dreams.”

Prior to last season, Momah was voted as an offensive captain by his teammates. The 6-foot-6, 229-pound wideout led the Eagles with eight catches for 157 yards in their season-opening loss to Northwestern, despite suffering a knee injury during the contest.

After the game, he addressed the media looking no worse for wear. Two days later, it was announced that he would be out for the remainder of the year with a torn ligament in his left knee.

Momah, a native of Greenlawn, N.Y., missed the entire 2009 season after suffering a previous knee injury. Boston College applied for a medical hardship waiver for a sixth season of eligibility for him after the 2011 season.

In December, the ACC granted waivers for Momah and four other Eagles (including Montel Harris, C.J. Jones, Kaleb Ramsey and Connor Wujciak). The NCAA rejected the initial application in January, the school subsequently appealed the decision and that appeal was rejected this week.

Momah, who also spent time on the defensive line in Chestnut Hill, finishes his career with 39 receptions for 615 yards and six touchdowns.

Jack McCluskey is an editor for ESPN.com and a frequent contributor to ESPNBoston.com. Follow him on Twitter @jack_mccluskey.