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Thursday, August 25, 2005

Contois granted final year at NMU

The NCAA has verbally informed Northern Michigan University that forward Andrew Contois will be granted another year of eligibility.

He began his collegiate career at Lake Superior State University before transferring to NMU during his freshman year. The NCAA counted his time at LSSU as a full season as he appeared in eight games with the Lakers. He had played at NMU for two-and-a-half seasons which, therefore, exhausted his four years of eligibility.

Or so it seemed.

“When we first got word that Andrew would be ineligible we knew that we would go through the process to try to get him eligible,” Wildcats head coach Walt Kyle said. “Part of the process was to appeal to the NCAA.”

It was determined during a yearly review in the spring by the compliance officer at NMU that Contois, a Marquette native, had used up his eligibility.

Contois scored 19 goals among 36 points during the 2004-05 season. He led the team in goals and was second in points. For his NMU career, Contois has appeared in 94 games with 27 goals and 39 assists for 66 points. He is looking to improve those numbers during his upcoming senior year.

“A lot of work and detail was done by people in the NMU Athletic Department to make this happen,” Kyle added. “We were hopeful and confident that the appeal would be granted. This will allow him to compete and graduate.”

As part of his reinstatement, Contois must sit one game during the 2005-06 season.

Northern Michigan Press Release

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