The East Carolina Pirates sat projected wide receiver Trevon Brown for its opener against Western Carolina because the program wanted to make sure everything was good on the academic front. However, despite East Carolina’s cautious approach to the matter, it appears trying to make sure things were lined up academically were not enough.
In a statement released by the school, it was announced that the NCAA deemed the receiver academically ineligible for the rest of the 2016 college football season. Obviously, that means East Carolina will be without Brown’s services until next season.
The statement did not discuss the exact violation from the academics aspect or if it was something as simple as a certain GPA failing to be met.
There’s some bright lines in this otherwise gloomy cloud, though. Brown will be permitted to practice with his teammates for the rest of the season. He will presumably help with the scout team, and this will keep him active and engaged for the rest of the year.
Since he will have one year of eligibility left, that last aspect might be the most important. Projected as a starting receiver heading into this season, Brown can ill-afford any hiccups the rest of the way. By being allowed to be around the team, he can not only stay in playing shape, but can be around the structure that football can sometimes provide its athletes.
Brown’s 41 receptions for 496 yards were third on the team last season. He would also have four receiving touchdowns, which were tied for second on East Carolina.