The NCAA has restored the eligibility of two Virginia Tech basketball players who got summer jobs with improper help from the school, the Roanoke Times & World-News reported.
The association on Oct. 26 had ruled Tim Anderson and Scott Davis out because of university aid in obtaining summer jobs at a Roanoke apartment complex. Raymond Smoot, Virginia Tech's interim athletic director, appealed, saying the two players did not know their jobs were an NCAA violation.
Smoot said the reinstatement terms call for the players to make restitution to the company that owns the apartment complex where they lived and worked. Smoot refused to reveal the amount they would have to pay back.
Smoot said Anderson, a starting forward, and Davis, a reserve guard, will be eligible for all games. The Hokies open Nov. 21 at Middle Tennessee State in the Big Apple NIT Classic.
In a separate matter, Virginia Tech unveiled new procedures for admitting student-athletes with marginal academic backgrounds, with an emphasis on potential and probability for success rather than test scores and grade averages. John Perry, Virginia Tech's interim provost, said the new procedure is similar to that at Virginia, North Carolina, North Carolina State and Georgia Tech . . .
Woody Widenhofer, Missouri's football coach, pleaded guilty in a Boone County court in Columbia to a charge of drunk driving. In exchange for his guilty plea, prosecutors dropped a charge of speeding.
Associate Circuit Judge Larry Bryson fined Widenhofer $500, but suspended $100 of the fine on condition the coach complete an alcohol rehabilitation program within 90 days. "It was time to plead guilty and face the music," Widenhofer said.
He was arrested early Oct. 11, a few blocks from his home a few hours after the Tigers had defeated Kansas State, 34-10, in Missouri's homecoming game.