|Falcons' Mingo becomes ineligible (12-26-13)|
|Written by KEVIN GORDON Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor|
|Thursday, 26 December 2013 13:27|
Bowling Green red-shirt sophomore Dajon Mingo is academically ineligible and won’t play the rest of the season, Falcon hockey coach Chris Bergeron said Thursday.
Mingo became academically ineligible after the fall semester which ended Friday. Bergeron learned of Mingo’s status Tuesday.
The 5-foot-10, 175-pounder played forward and defense this season after playing forward last season.
An excellent skater who also is dangerous offensively, Mingo has three goals and eight assists in 18 games this season. He had eight goals and 14 assists in 41 games last season.
“First and foremost, our concern is for Dajon,” Bergeron said. “We want him to wrap his arms around this opportunity academically, and we don’t think he’s done that to this point, based on his grades.
“We’re going to support Dajon as long as he will allow us to support him.”
Bergeron didn’t know if Mingo would return to school for the start of the spring semester Jan. 13. If he returns, he’ll be allowed to practice under NCAA rules.
“We want him back in school,” Bergeron said. “We’re going to do everything in our power to make sure that happens. We’re not walking away from him. We’re not turning our back on him. We want him to be a part of this program long term. He’s got to be better in school than he’s doing right now.”
Bergeron declined to be specific about why Mingo was ineligible, but said Mingo did not meet NCAA academic standards.
“The (NCAA) standards go up and get a little more difficult as you go up in years, but they’re not standards we expect our players to be dealing with,” Bergeron said.
Mingo sat out the 2011-12 season for failing to meet NCAA entrance requirements. This season, he missed BG’s exhibition contest against Wilfred Laurier and the season-opening series at Union for academic reasons.
“We knew Dajon’s academic profile didn’t look like some of our other guys when we recruited him,” Bergeron said. “But he’s a great kid and we figured this was an opportunity he was going to wrap his arms around. He hasn’t done that to this point, not yet.”
Mingo has the spring and summer semesters to regain his eligibility for next season, if he returns to school.
“We think he’s capable of more (academically) and that’s why we want him a part of this thing,” Bergeron said. “We want him, just like everyone else, to take full advantage of this opportunity.”
The 23-year-old is believed to be out of junior hockey eligibility, meaning minor pro hockey is his only option if he doesn’t return to BG.
“We all know that’s not where he belongs,” Bergeron said of Mingo turning pro. “He belongs in school. He belongs in a situation where people care about him which is this situation right here.
“The purpose of this is for every one of our players to get a degree, and Dajon is no different. We want to work towards him getting a degree and we’re committed to doing that.”
|Last Updated on Thursday, 26 December 2013 13:32|
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