Southern Mississippi players Rasham Suarez and Jeremiah Eason have been declared ineligible by the school based on findings in an ongoing NCAA investigation, sources told CBSSports.com’s Gary Parrish.
The investigation — which has been reported on previously by Parrish — at the school focuses on how tuition and other expenses were paid for some recruits who signed with the Golden Eagles but were not yet eligible for scholarships under former coach Donnie Tyndall.
Suarez is a junior averaging 7.4 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game while starting for the Golden Eagles. Eason is a 6-foot-7 senior averaging 2.9 points and 3.6 rebounds in 25 minutes per game.
Both players were recruited to the program from the junior college ranks by Tyndall.
Southern Miss is currently in 6-12 on the season and 1-6 in Conference USA play. The declaration of ineligibility of these two players is the second proactive move made by the school in recent weeks. On January 20, the school self-imposed a postseason ban for this offseason, including any sort of potential play in the Conference USA tournament if they were to get that far.
A source relayed to Parrish back in November that the situation at Southern Miss is “serious.” One assistant coach who was there during the period of the transgressions, Tennessee’s Adam Howard, has already been forced to resign.
The loss of Suarez and Eason was first reported on by Jeff Haeger of WHLT in Hatttiesburg.
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