The NC State soccer team has forfeited their only ACC victory this season over Boston College because they used an ineligible player. The information was out last week, however there is no explanation to be found on the NC State official website. The game story still has us winning, but the game has been changed on the schedule to reflect a 0-1 loss. The Technician coincidentally has a story today explaining the situation with quotes from Head Coach George Tarantini:
“It is certainly something we have never faced before,” Tarantini said. “We discussed the situation right away.”
The forfeit was due to the participation of an ineligible player. The ineligibility was based on the number of red cards the student athlete accumulated over the previous games played. According to Lindsey Rogers, associate director of media relations for the ACC, the ineligible player was determined by a self report to the NCAA from the N.C. State coaching staff.
We have highlighted the performance of the soccer program in the past. While Lee Fowler obviously doesn’t consider competing for titles in men’s soccer a requirement for employment at NC State, then is it too much to ask a coach to understand and follow the most basic rules of the game to not directly cost his kids a conference victory?