CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Dennis Tinnon will get one more year to rack up double-doubles for the Marshall men's basketball team.
MU announced Tuesday that Tinnon, a 6-foot-8 forward who averaged 10.2 points and 10.0 rebounds for the Thundering Herd last season, was granted a final year of eligibility by the NCAA. Marshall had been fighting for that year in an long and unprecedented case, and got news of the decision Tuesday at 3 p.m.
"It's a unique story and he's a terrific young man," Coach Tom Herrion said. "My mantra for the last couple months is that, lots of times in these cases, you're going to the NCAA and you're begging for mercy. This time, we were begging for justice, and I think it was served (Tuesday)."
In a statement from MU, Tinnon said he was excited and grateful to continue his collegiate career.
"Words can't describe the feelings I have after hearing the news," he said. "As painful as it was at times due to the long process, I had faith in (everyone) that they were presenting the best case possible."
Tinnon, from Green Bay, Wis., did not complete course work for his high school diploma on schedule.
He was steered in 2007 toward Williston State, a North Dakota junior college, to get his GED and start his college basketball career.
He never played or practiced at Williston State, and instead returned to Green Bay East High to get his degree and played two seasons at Kansas City Kansas Community College.
The NCAA said his eligibility clock started ticking when he enrolled at Williston State, but Marshall felt otherwise. Derek Gwinn, MU's associate director of athletics for compliance, said this was a situation never before seen, which made things more difficult.