Why Terrance Woodard didn’t play against Maine

Terrance Woodard, a defensive tackle and one of Georgia State’s best players, didn’t play in last week’s season finale at Maine.

Here’s why:

Georgia State requires that all students have health insurance.

For those student-athletes that can’t afford insurance, Georgia State purcahses it for them through the special assistance fund, which is offered through the NCAA to help student-athletes with certain expenses.

Woodard’s original policy was changed earlier this year, which resulted in a less expensive price.

The check for the difference in the price was sent to Woodard’s mother, instead of GSU. GSU realized the procedural mistake, and notified the Woodards, who wrote a check for the difference.

However, to make sure that everything was being done correctly, Georgia State declared Woodard ineligible early last week and notified the NCAA, asking for him to be re-instated. The NCAA reinstated him, but ruled that he accepted an improper benefit and therefore must sit out 10 percent of the team’s games. To satisfy that punishment, Woodard sat out the Maine game.

He is now eligible for the 2013 season.

– Doug Roberson, AJC and AJC.com. Please follow me on twitter @ajc.com

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19 comments Add your comment


November 12th, 2012
12:20 pm

Is this something compliance should have caught?

Mick Dee

November 12th, 2012
12:22 pm

She cashed a check reimbursing her for an insurance discount she never paid for in the first place? Thanks, mom.


November 12th, 2012
12:24 pm

Does this crap even happen at other schools? What was the improper benefit? The check sent to the family by the insurance company?

Doug Roberson

November 12th, 2012
12:42 pm

the improper benefit was the check sent to the family. not terrance’s fault. not gsu’s fault. but the ncaa decided otherwise.
gsu did catch it, which is why they contacted the ncaa. i’m not sure gsu could do anything about the insurance company sending the check to the wrong place.


November 12th, 2012
1:05 pm

If she cashed it by mistake, but then reimbursed the school in full, where the heck is the improper benefit? Sometimes the NCAA can be ridiculous.


November 12th, 2012
1:06 pm




November 12th, 2012
1:08 pm

That’s nuts. Oh well. The season was pretty lost anyway. Coulda used him on the line though.


November 12th, 2012
1:15 pm

Always something at GSU.


November 12th, 2012
1:30 pm

This would happen to our best player


November 12th, 2012
1:51 pm

The NCAA is a joke


November 12th, 2012
1:56 pm

Oh me. Mon got check and cashed it. Our people couldn’t figure it out. Player and team gets screwed.

Astonishing Werepanther

November 12th, 2012
2:09 pm

I hope we can restore our tarnished reputation after a scandal like this.

In all seriousness, thanks for the info, Doug. Weird story, and folks had been wondering what the deal was.

Chicken Bone

November 12th, 2012
2:48 pm

In the meantime, we got whipped on the line of scrimmage because the defense was on the field ALL DAY again. Better get all this figured out before next year! Also, I hope we’re known as JUCO U for a couple of years at least…


November 12th, 2012
3:01 pm

Will this oversight effect our media market rankings? [checks Atlanta DMA overnight Nielsen market ratings]. Nope. Phew. Seems as though this has no bearing on anything that actually matters to GSU, athletics-wise. [high fives self] [gently weeps]

Scam Newton

November 12th, 2012
3:14 pm

and the NCAA allowed my dad to accept money from Aubarn for my services… ain’t this a great country?

GSU Alum 08

November 12th, 2012
7:10 pm

the question is why didn’t Kelton Hill Play !!!!! He was listed as back up quarterback, and should have played when once AGAIN Ben couldn’t move the Offense….Glory Be to God!!!. What is wrong with these coaches.?


November 12th, 2012
8:57 pm

You know your butthurt when youre trolling passing yourself off as ME. Troll On ;)

Go Panthers!!

November 12th, 2012
9:57 pm

Not sure Woodard would have changed the outcome.

A new coach announcement can’t come soon enough.

Gonna need a serious spark to drive season ticket sales for 2013.


November 12th, 2012
10:24 pm

Who cares. Season’s over let’s move on. We need to get some decent linemen asap. Enough with these no counts that don’t want to get dirty. We need some big old white boys on the o-line to make it happen next year.