|Transfer must sit out 12 games at Ohio State|
|Written by Admin|
|Monday, 03 November 2008 14:39|
Kecman played for the Vizura team in his native Serbia as it was making the transition from an amateur to a professional team. The NCAA Eligibility Center determined that Kecman may have received more than ``actual and necessary'' expenses while playing for the team, leading to his being ineligible for 12 games. Kecman did not receive money to play for Vizura, but was penalized for playing with others who the NCAA considered professionals.
``This is a temporary setback for Nikola and our team,'' Buckeyes coach Thad Matta said. ``We do not feel Nikola has done anything wrong but respect and understand the NCAA rules that apply to this situation.''
Kecman will be eligible to play for the first time at Michigan State on Jan. 6. He will not travel with the team while sitting out but will be allowed to practice.
Arizona College in 2007-08.