Saturday, December 1, 2007
NCAA suspends San Francisco senior 24 games for German team payments
SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco senior forward Vince
Polakovic has been suspended 24 games by the NCAA for circumstances
stemming from his participation with a German national team in
According to a statement released by the school Saturday,
several members from the German national team received stipends
deemed by the NCAA "above actual and necessary expenses." San
Francisco contends Polakovic wasn't among those players who
received payments and says it plans to appeal the suspension.
"We are very disappointed to learn the NCAA's student-athlete
reinstatement staff has upheld this suspension of Vince
Polakovic," San Francisco athletic director Debra Gore-Mann said.
"We had hoped that the NCAA staff would share our belief that the
right thing to do in this particular case was to set aside
precedent and do what is in the best interest of the
student-athlete. Unfortunately, they do not share our sentiment."
Polakovic, who is eligible to return for the Dons' Feb. 16 game
against No. 19 Gonzaga, was held out of San Francisco's first seven
games this season while school officials looked into his situation.
Polakovic played in 21 games for the Dons in 2006-07, averaging
2.0 points. In two seasons with the Dons, the 6-foot-8 native of
Bratislava, Slovakia, has averaged 2.9 points and 1.2 rebounds.