The Washington Times - October 20, 2011, 11:44AM

One of the tidbits gleaned from ACC basketball media day Wednesday was the news Maryland freshman Alex Len is not practicing with the Terrapins. It turns out Len, who has yet to be cleared by the NCAA, had a 45-day window to participate without having his eligibility secured.

Since Len was part of individual workouts after school started, his 45-day clock was underway well before practice started. Exactly 44 days, it turns out, since he hasn’t worked out with the Terps since last weekend.


Sure enough, if you flip to page 62 of the NCAA manual, the rule is right there ( – thanks @BylawBlog):

Temporary certification. If a prospective student-athlete reports for athletics participation before the student’s amateur status has been certified, the student may practice, but not compete, for a maximum period of 45 days. After this period, the student shall have his or her amateur status certified to continue to practice or to compete.

That pretty much covers it. Until the NCAA clears Len, all he can do is sit, wait and watch the Terps practice with eight scholarship players.

Patrick Stevens