Courier Staff Writer
A season that seemed destined to last deep into March won’t even continue into the postseason. The third-ranked Indian Hills basketball team was officially banned from participating in the postseason on Monday, bringing to an end the Warriors 2012-13 season with a 26-4 record.
In a statement released by school president Jim Lindenmeyer, the college has been officially informed that due to a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) violation stemming from incidents that occurred following the Southeastern game on February 16. The program has been placed on probation and is not eligible for post season play this year.
The violation came about when a college official bailed Indian Hills sophomore Ronald Ross out of jail following a postgame brawl in which Ross was arrested for assault on Billy Carroll, son of Southeastern head coach Terry Carroll.
Jim Lindenmayer, President of Indian Hills Community College, self-reported the violation on Tuesday, February 19, after he was made aware of the rule that prohibits college officials from posting bail for a student athlete.
“Late Saturday after everyone was on their way home, I bailed a student-athlete out of jail. I was unaware of the rule, but I knew that I did not want to leave a player behind at an out of town facility under those circumstances,” Lindenmeyer said. “I feel strongly that when we leave our campus with students in our care it is our duty to return them safely to campus. This is what I would expect of any staff member and what I would expect as a parent of a child under college supervision.”
Lindenmeyer also addressed the penalty handed down by the NJCAA and the ramifications on the Warrior basketball team.
“I feel the penalty is very harsh, especially in light of our record for following NJCAA rules,” Lindenmeyer said. “I sincerely apologize to our fans and the entire Indian Hills Community. Coach (Barret) Peery, his staff and players have worked very hard on this great season. Obviously this was a very unfortunate incident with lots of regrets from many people.”