Players cite coach in fighting ruling

Updated: November 28, 2013, 3:33 AM ET
By Jeff Goodman | ESPN Insider

Egyptian basketball players Aly Ahmed and Ahmed Hamdy have been deemed ineligible to play this season by the NCAA despite their claims they followed the advice of a former Division I assistant coach.

Ahmed will sit this season at Cal State Bakersfield, and Hamdy has been ruled ineligible at the University of Houston. Both players told ESPN they received poor advice from former Rice University and FIU assistant Marco Morcos, who helped bring both players to the United States.

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