Former Arizona basketball player suspended over benefits issue

Former Arizona basketball player suspended over benefits issue
Published: Nov. 1, 2023 at 8:52 AM MST|Updated: Nov. 1, 2023 at 9:10 AM MST
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TUCSON, Ariz. (13 News) - A former University of Arizona basketball player has been suspended for nine games for accepting “impermissible benefits.”

Kerr Kriisa now plays for West Virginia University.

In a statement, WVU said “In late August 2023, West Virginia University learned of a potential eligibility concern for men’s basketball transfer student-athlete Kerr Kriisa, who admitted to receiving impermissible benefits while enrolled at the University of Arizona. West Virginia worked cooperatively with the NCAA Student-Athlete Reinstatement Staff to reach an appropriate resolution. As a result of his actions, Kriisa will miss nine (9) 2023-2024 regular season games as part of his eligibility reinstatement. Kriisa will be able to continue to practice and travel with the team during his suspension from competition. He accepts responsibility for his actions at Arizona and looks forward to joining his Mountaineer teammates on the floor.”

The Arizona Athletics Department released a statement saying:

“Upon learning of a potential NCAA issue with a former men’s basketball student-athlete after they left the University of Arizona, the athletics department worked collaboratively and transparently with the NCAA and West Virginia University in their review of the matter. The review confirmed there was no involvement from any Arizona Athletics staff members or coaches.”

“As part of their evaluation, the NCAA determined that the University of Arizona’s compliance systems and education met or exceeded their standards and national best practices. The University of Arizona received no penalties or corrective actions as a result of the NCAA’s evaluation.”

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