Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

College Sports

July 3, 2012

Marshall gets good news, Tinnon eligible to play

HUNTINGTON —  One of the top rebounders in the country last season has been ruled eligible for the upcoming basketball season.

Dennis Tinnon, a 6-8 forward on the Marshall University basketball team, was cleared on Tuesday to play as a senior for the 2012-13 season, according to a Marshall press release.

Tinnon has been involved in a lengthy appeals process with the NCAA.

There were questions about his eligiblity revolving around his completion of work at a high school in his hometown of Green Bay, Wis., and his attendance at a junior college in North Dakota and at Kansas City (Kan.) Community College.

“We are absolutely thrilled by the decision and most importantly for Dennis and his family,” said Marshall head coach Tom Herrion. “I applaud the efforts of the NCAA. As I’ve said all along, we were simply looking for justice to be served and clearly that is the case with this decision.”

Tinnon, in his junior year at Marshall last season, started all 35 games and averaged 10.2 points and 10 rebounds.

He was named to the Conference USA All-Defensive Team but also ranked sixth in the NCAA in offensive rebounds with 4.0 per game.

“Words can’t describe the feelings I have after hearing the news,” Tinnon said in the press release.

“My family and I are so excited and grateful for the decision and opportunity to complete my playing career at Marshall.

“I want to thank [Marshall President] Dr. Stephen J. Kopp, [Athletic Director] Mike Hamrick, [Associate Athletic Director] Jeff O’Malley, [Associate Athletic Director] Derek Gwinn and coach Herrion for helping with this case.

“As painful as it was at times due to the long process, I had faith in them that they were presenting the best case possible.”

Text Only
College Sports
Local Sports
Sports Videos
Jabari Parker declares for the NBA draft NFL Draft 2014 Team Needs - Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL Draft 2014 Team Needs - Tennessee Titans NFL Draft 2014 Team Needs - Atlanta Falcons NFL Draft 2014 Team Needs - Carolina Panthers NFL Draft 2014 Team Needs – Houston Texans NFL Draft 2014 Team Needs - Baltimore Ravens NFL Draft 2014 Team Needs – Jacksonville Jaguars Too Hot or Too Cold: Brewers and Rangers NFL Draft 2014 Team Needs - Arizona Cardinals NFL Draft 2014 Team Needs – Oakland Raiders With The Sixth Pick, The Atlanta Falcons Select... Insiders Alert: Green-Beckham Dismissed From Missouri Football Team Olympic Great Michael Phelps Ending Retirement Draft Preview: Chris Davis Draft Preview: Jay Prosch Watson: 'I'm always going to cry' Is the use of pine tar considered cheating? Draft Preview: Jake Matthews Draft Preview: L'Damian Washington
Pro Sports