Rodney Purvis not going to Spain

This is not good news for NC State Basketball.


RALEIGH, N.C. – Incoming men’s basketball freshman Rodney Purvis will not accompany NC State on its upcoming 10-day exhibition tour of Spain due to an ongoing process with the NCAA Eligibility Center. According to the NCAA, the high school is under extended review, which is a cooperative process, due to Purvis’ class being the first to graduate from the school.

Per NCAA rules, incoming freshmen student-athletes must complete this process in order to participate in a summer foreign tour prior to full-time matriculation.

“Obviously the timing is not ideal,” head coach Mark Gottfried said. “I’m disappointed he will not travel Sunday. He could join us once the process is completed, but my primary focus is making sure Rodney is ready to pursue his goals at NC State over the next four years.”

Remember that – unless something changes – Lorenzo Brown will not be in uniform for NC State in Spain. So, the Pack will be without our two projected starting guards and will be starting a freshman, Tyler Lewis, who has never run Mark Gottfried’s high post offense.

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35 Responses to Rodney Purvis not going to Spain

  1. Dogbreath 08/04/2012 at 2:23 PM #

    Why does the NCAA wait until August to initiate these “reviews” instead of, say, June.

  2. bluelena69 08/04/2012 at 3:46 PM #

    looks like the net benefit of such a trip is thus nullified

  3. blpack 08/04/2012 at 3:51 PM #

    NCAA dragging it’s feet? Imagine. Just a corrupt organization trying to police things.

  4. TLeo 08/04/2012 at 3:52 PM #

    More of the typical NCAA Bull….t! Even if this is just a regular routine matter that they do everywhere, They wait until now to do this review that should have been done before this close to school starting? They are so concerned about this garbage but they have a entire school commiting fraud and full of almost certainly ineligble athletes they don’t have time to bother with. F* the ncaa

  5. JEOH2 08/04/2012 at 3:56 PM #

    Recall that Brown said something very curious a week ago in regards to Wood playing a little PG…I thought it was just in preparation in a worst case scenario, an opportunity to get Wood to put the ball on the floor, and just experimentation…but maybe the staff was aware this was going to happen….

  6. Hungwolf 08/04/2012 at 4:48 PM #

    Wonder if those UNC alum that work over at the NCAA are to blame?

  7. sequoyah 08/04/2012 at 5:13 PM #

    well this sucks…. but where does it say the NCAA is the cause of it all? this could also mean Upper Room isn’t getting their homework turned in.

  8. backnine 08/04/2012 at 5:30 PM #

    The Spain trip is now the least of our worries. We’ve got to just get Purvis cleared for school period at this point. Want to learn more info on who is to blame for not having this cleared up before now.

  9. choppack1 08/04/2012 at 6:04 PM #

    Well, there’s the NC State luck kicking in.

    Of course,luck probably doesn’t have anything to do with this. Obviously, someone dropped the ball here. Either the NCAA, the high school or we did.

  10. Pack78 08/04/2012 at 6:26 PM #

    So, apparently the NCAA is concerned about the academics at Upper Room, but ( not yet) interested in the academics at unx…

  11. choppack1 08/04/2012 at 7:23 PM #

    Pack78 – I don’t really have a problem with them being concerned with Upper Room’s qualifications. I definitely have a problem with them not caring about UNC-Cheaters.

  12. Wufpacker 08/05/2012 at 1:41 AM #

    I’m not so much worried that Purvis doesn’t go to Spain, though it does suck for the young man to not be able to take the trip with the team. My worry is that this NCAA review reveals some core class(es) etc., that was overlooked and causes him to be ruled ineligible for the season. Now THAT would suck.

    Otherwise, of all of our newcomers, Purvis probably needs the extra work the least. I’m actually hoping, however, that this trip puts more early pressure on Tyler Lewis to emerge quickly. The faster he’s ready to handle the point, the higher our ceiling becomes, IMHO.

  13. BureauOfMines 08/05/2012 at 6:29 AM #

    It’s kinda late to be making this discovery. Seems like we’re being held to a more stringent standard.

  14. wolfonthehill 08/05/2012 at 7:20 AM #

    Someone here or at BTP predicted potential eligibility issues for Purvis about 2 weeks ago. Wish they’d come back and say “it’ll all be OK”.

  15. Wulfpack 08/05/2012 at 8:18 AM #

    High school transcripts are not due to the NCAA Eligibility Center until July and that is when the formal review begins. This is definitely more on the high school than the NCAA. Lewis will now see plenty of action in Spain.

  16. logarithm 08/05/2012 at 8:32 AM #

    I had no idea Upper Room was a new school. Good that they make sure new schools are judged by the same standards as established schools. I’m just glad it’s not his individual eligibility or anything our coaching staff did. He’d go through this type of review if he had committed to play anywhere, not just State. I feel sorry for Rod though; they must have all been excited about this trip.

  17. StateFans 08/05/2012 at 9:34 AM #

    AMAZING that the NCAA is suddenly worried about academic fraud?

  18. old13 08/05/2012 at 11:14 AM #

    ^ Yes, isn’t it!!!

  19. rtpack24 08/05/2012 at 11:43 AM #

    I would love for this to be the NCAA’s fault but I believe they are waiting on us or more specifically paper work form Upper Room. I do not know why this has taken so long or if the NCAA is asking for more than what was provided. If I had to guess if someone on our end dropped the ball, Dr Yow has already had a heart to heart meeting.

  20. tuckerdorm1983 08/05/2012 at 12:31 PM #

    hopefully this will all be straightened out. From the N and O headlines “Rodney Purvis being investigated by the NCAA” I just about had a cow. However, in reading the whole article I became more relaxed about it. I am concerned but not panicked. It is nothing Purvis did and no one is saying he did anything improper. Journalists love to write headlines that scare the sheeiit out of ya. For all the NCSU haters out there I think/hope this goes nowhere.

  21. tdouble 08/05/2012 at 12:53 PM #

    I doubt there is anything good to find with Upper Room Christian (Basketball) Academy under the microscope.

  22. StateMan 08/05/2012 at 1:42 PM #

    Didnt john wall attend Upper Room too?

  23. tuckerdorm1983 08/05/2012 at 2:59 PM #

    Word of God was where John Wall went. Upper Room is upstairs and to the left for a party of 13. See the Sistine Chapel for the seating chart.

  24. hball57 08/05/2012 at 3:36 PM #

    Upper Room is not a new school, but this is their first graduating class. They are a K-12 school. Unlike the misinformed snide comments in some previous quotes they are not a Basketball Academy. They are a religous based private school. This is a case that the NCAA does not certify the school until a final transcript is received at the Clearinghouse. It is also more time consuming when paperwork is requested from the school over the summer when there is minimal staff. The school is accredited by state of NC, so the issue is simply providing the NCAA with what they want and waiting on them to act.

  25. JEOH2 08/05/2012 at 5:29 PM #

    Gottfried has heavily implied that this is an issue that will be resolved in our favor and that it could even be resolved in time to get Purvis to Spain…

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