A University of the District of Columbia official said yesterday an administrative error in certifying the eligibility of sophomore transfer Terrance Ball could result in the Firebirds forfeiting 11 men's basketball games.

The error has been reported to the NCAA. The school has asked the NCAA not to order the forfeits.

Acting UDC Athletic Director Emma Best said she neglected to send out a form to Ball's former school, Delaware State, to double-check his status and certify his eligibility. According to The Washington Times, North Carolina Central, recently defeated by UDC, asked the NCAA to examine Ball's eligibility.

"I did not send out the student transfer certification form when he registered here in January {1988}," Best said prior to last night's men's and women's doubleheader with Virginia Union at the UDC Physical Activites Center. "When he {Ball} came to me to talk about his athletic situation and eligibility status, I thought he was eligible under the two-year inactivity rule. I think Terrance got his dates confused.

"But had I sent the form to Delaware State, this would not have happened.

"I would like to think people who know me know I would never play a student who was not eligible. I have been certifying students here almost 15 years and have never had this happen before. It was truly an administrative error on my part. When it was brought to my attention, I immediately reported the situation to the NCAA and sent them all the paper work."

Best said NCAA officials told her they would announce their decision as soon as possible.

Rick Evrard, a director of legislature services at the NCAA, said students receive eligibility waivers depending on the situation. "I would have to see just how he was certified in the beginning before I could say if he was eligible or not," Evrard said. "We have to see the facts."

Ball, who attended Phelps High School in Washington, D.C., played in 12 games (the Firebirds lost only one of them), starting and averaging 9.2 points and 9.8 rebounds. He did not play Monday night, or in last night's game against Virginia Union. UDC was 19-3 and ranked second in the South Atlantic Region going into last night's game.

UDC Coach Wil Jones declined comment, referring all questions to Best.

NCAA rules stipulate that a student is eligible if he transfers from a four-year school and has neither practiced, nor competed in organized, collegiate or amateur competition in that sport for a consecutive period of two years immediately prior to the date on which the student begins participation at the new school.

Best said the information she received from Ball showed he played his first year at Delaware State in 1984-85. He said he sat out the 1985-86 year and joined the Armed Forces Reserves in the fall of 1986 where he remained until the fall of 1987.

But records show the 6-foot-8 Ball enrolled at Delaware State as a freshman in 1984-85 and sat out the season. In the 1985-86 season, he played 27 games, averaging 10.2 points and 8.2 rebounds and was named second-team all-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

Ball's eligibility was questioned by North Carolina Central officials the day after UDC defeated the then-unbeaten and top-ranked Division II Eagles, 84-74.

Best said she was called by North Carolina Central officials and, "I started checking and found he might be ineligible."