Jan 10, 2013; Fairfax, VA, USA; Old Dominion Monarchs guard Donte Hill (25) against the George Mason Patriots during the first half at Patriot Center. Mandatory Credit: Rafael Suanes-USA TODAY Sports

Old Dominion's Donte Hill controversially ruled ineligible by NCAA

Eight minutes.

That is the exact amount of on-court time that former Old Dominion basketball player Donte Hill logged on the court during a scrimmage while playing at Clemson. That amount of time also doubles as the reason that the NCAA has denied Hill’s appeal for eligibility this season with ODU.

In a published report from CBS Sports, this explanation was given for Hill’s denial:

NCAA bylaws state any time played in officially sanctioned competition — scrimmages included — start the clock on a player’s eligibility in that given year. So despite the fact Hill logged eight measly minutes in a meaningless game a few years ago, it wound up costing him in the end.

That pretty much sums things up as another instance of archaic NCAA rules inserting themselves into the discussion. Hill contributed nothing to Clemson (at least on the competitive court) during the 2011 season, but that was ruled as a full year of his eligibility, and as such, Old Dominion will be without their top returning player from a dismal, 5-25 team.

Hill elected to take the high road on Friday, complimenting Old Dominion and declaring himself a “Monarch forever”, but this news has to be devastating to the young man. This story may not pick up national steam because of the university that is affected, but the NCAA looks to have overstepped yet again.

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