April 14, 2011
Albuquerque, N.M. --- Emmanuel Negedu of the Lobo men's basketball team has officially been granted a Medical Disqualification Waiver by the NCAA, allowing him to continue his education on scholarship with the University of New Mexico, but not counting against the basketball team's limit of 13 scholarships. The decision effectively ends his athletic career at the university, but he will remain a member of the team, although he will not participate nor practice.
Negedu played in 10 games for the Lobos this season, averaging 4.7 points and 5.4 rebounds per game and playing 14.4 minutes per contest. He led the Lobos in rebounding three times in the first nine games of the season, including 10 in a 78-62 win over New Mexico State at The Pit. He was shutdown at halftime of the Citadel game on December 19 after a bad reading from his internal cardiac defibrillator.
"The most important thing about the situation is Emmanuel's health," said head coach Steve Alford. "It's unfortunate that due to health concerns he will no longer be able to participate. However, Emmanuel will continue to be a vital member of Lobo basketball on a daily basis. He will remain on scholarship and work hard towards attaining his degree as well as continue to get the medical care he needs."
Alford added, "Emmanuel and I both very much appreciate all the efforts of the UNM medical staff that continues to ensure his good health."
The NCAA allows for a medical disqualification waiver, also known as a medical non-counter waiver, for a student-athlete who is advised to not continue participation in collegiate athletics by a physician. Under a medical disqualification waiver, a student-athlete maintains his or her grant-in-aid for the remainder of their four or five year academic experience, but the student-athlete does not count against a sports allotment of scholarships.