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MSU Hoopster Zeidaks Ruled Ineligible For Entire Season

Two years ago it was Renardo Sidney.  This season it will be Kristers Zeidaks. 

The NCAA has today ruled Zeidaks ineligible for Missisippi State’s 2011-12 season and the first 11 games of the following season.  That announcement came as a surprise to the folks in Starkville.  MSU’s compliance director said in July that Zeidaks’ case was “not an overly complicated case.” 

The player had already been academically cleared by the NCAA.

The 21-year-old forward played with professional players in Latvia before coming to Mississippi State.  Brandon Marcello of The Jackson Clarion-Ledger says “it’s not believed Zeidaks received compensation during his stint.”  In other words, this isn’t an Enes Kanter situation.

State is appealing the decision, but it’s unlikely to be overturned.

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MSU Inks Latvian Hoopster

Rick Stansbury is bringing in reinforcements via the transfer route.  Kristers Zeidaks — a 6-8 small forward from Latvia — has been academically cleared by the NCAA and will have three years of eligibility with Mississippi State’s basketball team.

It’s expected that Zeidaks will have to sit out the first few games this season due to questions regarding his amateur status.  The 21-year-old played with professional hoopsters in Latvia, but he was not a pro.

“It’s not an overly complicated case,” MSU’s compliance director told The Jackson Clarion-Ledger.”

(Hush.  Listen closely.  You can hear the faint screams of “What about Enes Kanter!” rising from the state of Kentucky.)

Zeidaks fills the roster spot left open when John Riek of Sudan left the Bulldog team earlier this month.  Consider this State’s international exchange program.

Our only question?  Is Zeidaks Latvian Orthodox?

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