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RICHMOND, Va . - Two of Richmond's best baseball players are among five who have begun this season suspended for NCAA rules violations related to fantasy football involvement.
Right-hander Keenan Bartlett, a junior who Baseball America recognized in the preseason as the Atlantic 10's third-best professional prospect, and senior infielder/designated hitter Kurtis Brown, a first-team all-A-10 choice last season, haven't played for the Spiders. Bartlett is ranked among the top 100 juniors in the country after a strong summer-league performance. Brown batted .342 with 17 doubles and 35 RBIs last year as a Spider.
The five remain suspended as Richmond waits for the NCAA to address their status. Two sources said they were involved in fantasy football, an NCAA rules violation. The players' fantasy football activity was reported directly to the NCAA, which contacted UR, the sources said.
NCAA rules state:
"You are not eligible to compete if you knowingly participate in any sports wagering activity that involves intercollegiate, amateur or professional athletics, through a bookmaker, a parlay card or any other method employed by organized gambling. Examples of sports wagering include, but are not limited to, the use of a bookmaker or parlay card; Internet sports wagering; auctions in which bids are placed on teams, individuals or contests; and pools or fantasy leagues in which an entry fee is required."
Richmond announced Feb. 17, the day of the Spiders' season-opener, that NCAA secondary violations impacted the eligibility of five players, without identifying the infractions or the players. UR's statement read, in part, "As a result of these violations, these five student-athletes will be ineligible for competition until the NCAA's reinstatement process has been completed."
The school declined to offer further comment when reached by ESPN, while the NCAA and Atlantic 10 did not respond to inquiries by the network.
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