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Let Delvon Play [UPDATE]

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Delvon Roe apparently won’t be able to appear in MSU’s senior night because of an NCAA rule.

Let Delvon Play [UPDATE]

A lot of fans outside of the college basketball sphere probably don't know who Delvon Roe is.  Roe was a forward for Tom Izzo at Michigan State and helped some of his teams reach the Final Four.  Roe was never what you would call a great player but he was a great glue guy.  In three seasons, he averaged just over 6 points per game and just over 5 rebounds for the Spartans.  Unfortunately, he had to cut his career short, but Tom Izzo wants to give him the chance to suit up one last time against Ohio State for senior night.  

The NCAA apparently won't allow it.  Diamond Leung has more:

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said Friday he wanted retired forward Delvon Roe to play against Ohio State in a nostalgic return to the court on Senior Day, but the school has determined that NCAA eligibility rules will not allow for Roe to dress for the game.

Even a brief appearance in one final college game at Breslin Center would have been quite a moment for the 6-foot-8 Roe, who cited degenerative knee pain in announcing his retirement from basketball in September before the start of what would have been his senior season.

Roe, who attends home games and the occasional practice, has begun a professional acting career that appears to restrict him from playing because of amateurism rules, Izzo indicated. Ineligible players also cannot suit up for games.

"I think he deserved it," Izzo said of the idea that Roe would play March 4. "I’m sure I would have done it because I appreciate the kid, but we can’t do it."

This is just a big pile of bologna.  You're going to prevent Roe from taking the court because of acting?  With all the loopholes in the NCAA rules regarding amateurism and eligibility, acting seems like it would have the least bearing on whether or not a someone should be allowed to play college sports.  What about Lil' Romeo being a professional rapper/actor all during his childhood, and then getting on the basketball team at USC?  That's acceptable, but Enes Kanter's little snafu last year isn't permissible?  

It just seems wrong that the NCAA could deny a player a chance to see a minute of action in his final season, one in which he hasn't been able to play in, because of stupid rules like this.  On Twitter, several notable college basketball writers like Rob Dauster and Jeff Goodman have started a #LetDelvonPlay hash tag and are trying to get it to trend nationally.  Who knows if it will be able to do anything, but here's hoping Delvon gets one final chance to play.

UPDATE: It appears that Delvon Roe will be able to participate in some way, shape, or form during Michigan State's senior night ceremonies.  This tweet just came by from MSU's AD Mark Hollis:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>The NCAA staff provided great compassion in allowing Delvon to participate in a way that Coach Izzo, Delvon and I desired.</p>&mdash; Mark Hollis (@MSUAD) <a href="https://twitter.com/MSUAD/status/175351994750484480" data-datetime="2012-03-01T22:49:08+00:00">March 1, 2012</a></blockquote>

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He deserves the recognition, even if he isn't allowed to play.

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