Orlando Rutledge, cont.

Seems I may have gotten ahead of the curve on Orlando Rutledge’s return to the court. Even if he qualifies — and coach Rodney Watson seems almost certain he will be reinstated after this semester’s grades come out  (see my earlier post below) — he may have to wait until January. USI’s next game is at home on Saturday against archrival Kentucky Wesleyan, the last game the Eagles will play this month. But that’s just one day after the semester ends. Ray Simmons, USI’s longtime sports information director, set us all straight on what can and cannot happen: “As far as Orlando is concerned,” he wrote to me in an email on Monday, “professors don’t have to have grades in until noon Friday, but we cannot do an official evaluation of eligibility until the grades are posted by the registrar. If the registrar doesn’t post the grades by 1 p.m. Saturday, Orlando won’t be released to play.” So if you don’t see Rutledge in uniform at Saturday’s 1 p.m. game at the PAC, it does not necessarily mean he’s still ineligible. It may just mean that bureaucracy is, well, bureaucracy.

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