Howard men's basketball coach Kirk Saulny said tonight that the school has formulated a plan that could restore the eligibility of transfers Darren Kennedy and Donte Lincoln this season. Kennedy and Lincoln have been held out of practice and competition by school officials during an internal investigation of the program.

Saulny, speaking after tonight's 97-52 loss to Delaware, said the plan would enable the two to become eligible and play for the first time this season. Saulny said school officials have told him "how we're going to proceed," but that he was unable to give details.

Saulny said he is unsure how long the plan will take. The Bison are 0-6.

The university has withheld the eligibility of Kennedy and Lincoln because of issues surrounding the internal investigation of possible NCAA violations. The investigation has focused on Lincoln's visit to Howard last February and academic issues; Kennedy was his student-host while he was there.

Saulny said the investigation has been completed, but he has not seen a final report. However, he said he's not worried about what the report might say or about his job status.

Robert L. Clayton, a New Orleans-based attorney whom Howard hired to conduct the investigation, declined to comment tonight, referring all questions to the school.

Saulny added that the team's suspension of guard Ali Abdullah has been lifted, and he could return if he becomes academically eligible. Abdullah, the leading scorer from last year's 2-25 team, hasn't played this season. His parents have said that the family physician has recommended that he redshirt this season because of back problems.

Staff writer Mark Asher contributed to this report.