April 30, 2008
CINCINNATI -- University of Cincinnati quarterback Ben Mauk had his request for reconsideration on his original waiver for a sixth year of eligibility denied by the NCAA, head football coach Brian Kelly announced today.
The request for reconsideration was based on new information submitted regarding a foot injury he suffered at the beginning of his high school career. Prior to enrolling at Wake Forest University, Mauk required an additional operation on the foot in the spring of 2003.
The NCAA's decision to deny the appeal was based a lack of contemporaneous medical documents from Wake Forest.
The Mauk family will continue to work with Ben's former college coaches and Wake Forest University medical staff members to collect the needed information.
"This is just another step through the NCAA process and is nothing out of the ordinary," said Kelly. "The Mauks will continue to work through it. The next step in the NCAA process will give Ben his first opportunity to speak directly with the Student-Athlete Reinstatement Committee."
The Student-Athlete Reinstatement Committee is a panel of athletics directors, faculty representatives, and conference commissioners who has the authority to determine all matters pertaining to the policies and procedures for the reinstatement of eligibility for a student-athlete. The committee will need a two-third majority vote to reinstate Mauk's eligibility.
Under NCAA rules, the UC Athletics Compliance Office will act as the conduit between the Mauks and the committee. Cincinnati has already submitted the appeal, which will be heard by the Reinstatement Committee, and expects the timetable for the response to be expedited.
Mauk played in 12 of 13 games in a Cincinnati uniform during the 2007 season, and set a program record with 31 passing touchdowns. As the head of the UC offense, Mauk helped established school season records for scoring (472 points), touchdowns (63), and passing touchdowns (36), while leading UC to a No. 17 final Associated Press ranking and a 10-3 finish. He ended the year completing 235-of-386 passes (60.9 percent) for 3,121 yards through the air and was 11th in the nation in passing efficiency (150.64).
Mauk earned a bachelor's degree in secondary education from Wake Forest University in May of 2007. He continues to pursue a master's degree, in criminal justice at the University of Cincinnati.
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