University of Wisconsin Athletic Department officials were hoping to have the Nic Kerdiles case resolved one way or another Thursday, but that didn't happen.

Instead, the five-member NCAA Division I Reinstatement Committee will consider the case of Kerdiles, the freshman winger from the men's hockey team, on Oct. 18.

UW is appealing a decision by the NCAA to rule Kerdiles ineligible for the 2012-13 season because he violated their code of amateurism.

According to Katie Smith of the UW compliance office, school officials will present their case to the committee via teleconference. Committee members will then deliberate and vote on the matter with the majority dictating the outcome.

Smith said there is no specified time for the committee to announce its decision.

Kerdiles, an 18-year-old from Irvine, Calif., sat out his third consecutive practice Thursday with what UW coach Mike Eaves said was a persistent headache that began Monday after he skated in a hard practice.

Eaves said he speaks every day with Kerdiles and that he's holding up as well as one might expect.

"He's shown a lot of maturity here for being an 18-year-old young man,'' Eaves said.

Eaves said Kerdiles has told him he will stay the course at UW until the appeal is heard. Asked if Kerdiles has shared his thoughts about what will happen if the appeal isn't completely successful -- the NCAA could merely reduce the down time -- Eaves said he had.

Kerdiles, a second-round NHL draft pick of Anaheim, could leave school immediately if the penalty is upheld and pursue other options.

"We've talked about it, but I'm not at liberty to share it,'' Eaves said.

Kerdiles declined comment Thursday through Paul Capobianco, the UW sports communcations director for men's hockey.

 

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