first_imgThey are expected to be in uniform when the team plays at UC Santa Barbara on Saturday evening. They sat out games against Cal State Northridge and Pacific last week after the school revealed that they were being withheld from game competition, pending a joint NCAA and school investigation “related to the payment for (community college) courses prior to their enrollment at Long Beach State,” according to the school’s press release. Cegles and other school officials, including Reynolds, have refused to discuss specifics of the investigation. “We will continue to work closely with the NCAA through the completion of this review,” Cegles said Wednesday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! No update on the status of assistant coach Reggie Howard was made in the release and athletics director Vic Cegles would not comment on it. Howard’s suspension from his duties with coach Larry Reynolds’ program, also related to the investigation, was announced last Thursday. But it is believed Howard will remained suspended, at least temporarily, while the matter continues to be investigated by the NCAA’s Enforcement office and 49ers’ administrators. In general, a student-athlete found by the NCAA to be in violation of the organization’s “excessive benefits” regulations (in which he or she receives financial or other benefits, not readily available to non-athletes on campus) – even before he or she is enrolled at the institution – is immediately declared ineligible. That eligibility can be restored by sitting out a number of contests and reaching agreement to pay “restitution” (the money is given to charity) for the “excessive benefits” the student-athlete was found to have accepted. NCAA Rules Manual bylaw 13.15.1 (“Prohibited Expenses”) states, in part, “An institution or a representative of its athletics interests shall not offer, provide or arrange financial assistance, directly or indirectly, to pay (in whole or in part) the costs of the prospective student-athlete’s educational or other expenses for any period prior to his or her enrollment or so that the prospective student-athlete can obtain a post-graduate education.” center_img LONG BEACH – The eligibility of Long Beach State men’s basketball players Kejuan Johnson and Mark Dawson was reinstated by the NCAA on Wednesday, pending the completion of what will be a three-game suspension following the team’s game tonight, the school announced Wednesday. Johnson and Dawson traveled with the team by bus to San Luis Obispo on Wednesday for the 49ers’ 7 p.m. Big West Conference game tonight against Cal Poly in Mott Gymnasium. last_img read more