UCLA has two options to consider in trying to help freshman basketball star Shabazz Muhammad gain his eligibility.
The school and NCAA enforcement agreed on the facts on the case, and therefore it was determined by the NCAA that he couldn’t play in UCLA's opener against Indiana State on Saturday night, according to a person with knowledge of the situation who spoke anonymously because the case is ongoing.
The options now are these:
1) UCLA, even though it has accepted the facts of the case, could disagree that a violation occurred and appeal. The case then would go to an NCAA appeals committee. If the committee sided with UCLA, Muhammad would probably become eligible immediately.
But if it ruled that a violation did occur, the appeal would be denied and Muhammad would have to go through a reinstatement process to regain his eligibility.