Confusion kept Mosley out of A&M game

All of UAPB coach George Ivory’s key players should be ready to go Saturday, including redshirt junior guard Marcel Mosley.

UAPB athletic director Lonza Hardy Jr. told Ivory to hold Mosley out of last Saturday’s victory against Alabama A&M because Mosley was believed to have played two games during his medical redshirt season of 2011-12. Mosley actually missed the entire season because of a cracked shin, Ivory and Hardy said.

“We thought it would be best to hold him out until we got it resolved,” Hardy said. “The statistics for whatever reason indicated he played two games. Had he played those two games, he would have had to be reinstated to play before the 2012-13 season, but since he didn’t play, the reinstatement was a moot point.”

Ivory said the NCAA did not force Mosley to sit out last Saturday. Asked how Mosley’s eligibility became a question, Hardy said: “I’m not really sure.”

The box score from the Jacksonville State game, played on Dec. 28, 2011, shows Mosley recorded a steal in less than 1 minute of action. Jacksonville State won 78-55.

According to the box score from the Jan. 30, 2012, home game against Jackson State, Mosley started and played 7 minutes, but recorded no stats in a 73-69 UAPB win.

But he actually appeared in neither, Hardy concluded after further investigation.

“He (Mosley) never even traveled with us,” Ivory said of the redshirt junior from Marion. The Jacksonville State game was played in El Paso, Texas.

“Even if he played in 2011-12, this would just be his senior year,” Ivory added.

Mosley was allowed to play Monday at Alabama State and scored 18 points, sharing the team high with Haynes.