CHESTNUT HILL MA - SEPTEMBER 04: Ifeanyi Momah #3 of the Boston College Eagles makes the touchdown catch as Antwain Stutson #21 of the Weber State Wildcats defends on September 4 2010 at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
In the department of things that make absolutely no sense, file this piece of news. According to GDF's mouth piece Mark Blaudschun, the NCAA has ruled against the Boston College football program, declining WR Ifeanyi Momah's request for an extra year of eligibility. This is stunning news because it seemed like it was a foregone conclusion that the NCAA was going to grant this.
This ruling makes absolutely no sense. Momah only played one game last year (the season opener vs. Northwestern) before he blew his knee out. BC has appealed the ruling, but according to Blaudschun's blog, the prognosis doesn't appear to be very positive. The NCAA's final ruling should be handed down in the next week.
The NCAA has precedent to allow Momah to play, so it's curious why they would vote against this. Just last year they allowed Case Keenum to play a sixth year, and he played in three games. And just last week the NCAA ruled that Miami QB Robert Marve would be granted a sixth year as well. Is there some other politics at play here that influenced this NCAA to rule against BC? Only reason I can come up with.
If Momah isn't allowed to play, that leaves BC with a huge hole at wide receiver. They have plenty of depth at the position but none of the guys on the roster have proven that they can be the "stretch the field" big target that Momah provided. Last year Spaz tried Jonathan Coleman as that player and it didn't work out, as the sophomore struggled for most of the season. Alex Amidon, Spiffy Evans, Bobby Swigert and even Colin Larmond Jr. are too undersized to play that role. And of course Spaz has done little in terms of going out and finding a recruit to fill this void.
Whatever comes out of the appeal, Ifeanyi Momah was a true leader on this team. From switching to defense, to his being named captain in 2011, it was clear that his teammates respected him. He is going to be missed.