BIG RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Four of the Ferris State football team’s wins may be in jeopardy because one of the Bulldogs’ players shouldn’t have been on the field.
Ferris State hasn’t released the name of the student-athlete involved, but 24 Hour News 8 has identified him through sources as defensive lineman Dan Perry.
Perry initially wrestled for Michigan in the 2016-17 school year, then transferred to Kent State to play football in the fall of 2017. When he moved again to Ferris State, he should have been required to sit out a full year under the NCAA”s one-time transfer rule — but he played the first four games this season, all of which the Bulldogs won.
In a Wednesday evening release, Ferris State admitted there was a secondary violation of NCAA rules, saying a mistake was made when the student was certified eligible by its registrar’s office.
“By design, the eligibility of every student-athlete is certified by the University, independent of the Athletics Department,” Vice President for Student Affairs Jeanine Ward-Roof said in a statement. “The student-athlete’s transfer history was complex, and the error by the department that certifies student-athlete eligibility was the result of a misinterpretation of a transfer rule.”
Ferris State reported the violation to the NCAA and it’s now under review. In the meantime, Perry is on the bench. Ferris State is petitioning to reinstate his eligibility.
The NCAA will decide whether Ferris State must forfeit its wins against East Strousdsburg (Penn.), Findlay (Ohio), Northwood and Northern Michigan as a result of the violation.
The Bulldogs are currently 7-0 and ranked No. 2 nationally.