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It’s unfortunate Hofstra guard Brad Kelleher lost roughly two-thirds of his division one career in a battle over his eligibility. In sum: five years ago Kelleher played four games in Australia’s professional league, alongside professionals but wasn’t paid. This is common in Australia and across Europe and has become a focus of various NCAA eligibility investigations.
The NCAA investigation into Kelleher concluded this summer, and the end result was Kelleher being deemed ineligible for all of his junior season, and the first eight games of this season. However the case, when examined closely, uncovers an investigative process and appeals system that is at best plodding, and at worst random, illogical, and prone to the arbitrary interpretive whims of NCAA investigators.