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Men’s Basketball: NCAA denies Abromaitis a sixth year

Andrew Gastelum | Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The NCAA denied graduate student forward Tim Abromaitis a sixth season of eligibility Monday, ending his collegiate career.

The three-time Big East Scholar Athlete of the Year applied for a sixth year following a torn ACL suffered during a November 2011 practice. Abromaitis only played in two games in the 2011-2012 season due to a four-game suspension for playing in exhibition games during the 2008-2009 campaign – a season he sat out to preserve an
extra year of eligibility.

The NCAA typically grants a sixth year of eligibility to players
who missed two seasons due to injuries or family issues, but since Abromaitis chose to sit out the 2008-2009 season, the chances of receiving a sixth year were extremely slim.

Abromaitis, who earned a bachelor’s degree and an MBA, will not appeal the NCAA’s decision and will hire an agent in an attempt to play professionally. The Connecticut native entered the season with big expectations, selected as Notre Dame’s only representative to the all-Big East preseason first team.

Over his abbreviated five-year career, the Irish co-captain averaged 13.7 points per game, including a career-high 16.1 points per game in the 2009-2010 season. With 1,137 career points, Abromaitis sits in 38th on the all-time scoring list in Notre Dame history.

Meanwhile, fifth-year senior forward Scott Martin will soon hear about his petition for a sixth year of eligibility. Martin sat out the 2008-2009 season due to NCAA rules following his transfer from Purdue as well as the 2009-2010 season after tearing his ACL.