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