Flyers forward prospect Cooper Marody, currently a sophomore at the University of Michigan, has been ruled academically ineligible and will not be able to suit up for the Wolverines during the fall semester.
NCAA rules state that Division I athletes must earn at least six credit hours per term to be eligible to play during the next term, in addition to minimum GPA requirements that are decided by each university.
It appears that Marody’s academic struggles stemmed from a bout of mononucleosis, which put him out of the lineup for a month last spring. Here’s Michigan coach Red Berenson talking about the situation with Michigan’s student paper:
“Remember he got sick last year in January, and that kinda set him back in school,” Berenson said. “(Marody’s) way ahead of himself in (credit) hours. He’s a good student and he was preparing himself for the Ross Business School, but he got affected by one particular class that really cost him. I can’t tell you anymore than that except he’s ineligible. He’ll have to work hard and he’ll be anxious to play the second half (of the season).”
If Marody gets back into academic shape this fall, he’ll be eligible to return to the Wolverines lineup December 29 against Michigan Tech in the Great Lakes Invitational. In the meantime, he’ll miss 16 regular season games -- just under half of the season.
Marody was expected to be a big piece for Michigan this fall, a team that qualified for the NCAA tournament last year but lost a ton of talent to the pros, including big names like Kyle Connor and Zach Werenski. Despite fighting mono last year, Marody had 10 goals and 14 assists in 32 games, which is not bad at all for a freshman.