The NCAA denied Alabama power forward Chuck Davis' appeal for a medical redshirt and a fifth year of eligibility on Monday morning, a move that officially ends Davis' college career. Crimson Tide coach Mark Gottfried revealed the news during a SEC coaches teleconference earlier this afternoon.
"We just felt that with Chuck's circumstances we should try and get that fifth year," Gottfried said. "I thought it would have really benefited him personally."
The appeal was considered a long shot since Davis played in 13 games during his senior year last season before tearing an ACL in the Tide's SEC opener against Ole Miss. He was averaging a team-high 15.3 points and 4.6 rebounds at the time of the injury.
Davis, who was ten points away from the 1,000-point barrier, averaged 11.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and shot 53 percent for his career.
Without Davis, Alabama will lean heavily on returning post players, Jermareo Davidson (14.3 ppg, 8.9 rpg) and Richard Hendrix (9.4 ppg, 8.0 rpg), who was selected a Rivals.com Second-Team Freshman All-American last season.
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