Wisconsin's Kerdiles Suspended by NCAA
CHN Staff Report
Left wing Nic Kerdiles, expected to be a key impact freshman for Wisconsin this season, has been suspended one year by the NCAA.
Wisconsin is appealing the decision.
If Wisconsin loses the case, it is believed Kerdiles, a second-round NHL Draft pick by Anaheim last June, will go to Kelowna of the WHL, which owns his rights, effectively eliminating the chance he will ever play in college.
After the team's exhibition game last night, Madison.com reported that Wisconsin coach Mike Eaves said the NCAA was looking at the matter for "a while," but would not specify.
“It’s not in my hands right now,” he told Madison.com.
According to a report on the U.S. of Hockey blog, Kerdiles may have inadvertantly ran afoul of NCAA regulations by offering, on his Twitter account, to exchange autographs for followers. The report also says that pictures posted on his Facebook account may have raised questions about his amateurism status.
The pictures, according the a number of reports, show Kerdiles with agents and potentially receiving benefits, and/or endorsing products. None of that has been confirmed by Wisconsin or the NCAA.