Statement re: men's varsity soccer team
Ryerson Athletics has discovered that a member of the men's soccer team failed to meet the academic requirements to be considered an active member of the team. This was discovered during a routine review of student-athletes’ academic performance for the athletic scholarship program.
It is very important for Ryerson Athletics to maintain the integrity and transparency of both our program and the conference. Once the situation was confirmed, it was immediately reported to Ontario University Athletics and U SPORTS.
As a result of fielding an ineligible player, the Rams will forfeit their first six games of the season and the student-athlete will be unable to play for the remainder of the season.
All games played prior to September 10 will become losses. Results from this past weekend – wins over Carleton and UOIT on September 16 and 17 – stand as victories. This leaves the Rams with a 2-6-0 record.
All team and player statistics remain in place with the exception of the ineligible player. The team’s postseason eligibility is not affected.
Academic performance is a top priority for Ryerson’s athletics program. Everyone from coaches to counsellors to coordinators are responsible for monitoring and reporting on academic performance. In this instance, there was an oversight in the reporting and monitoring process. This is an important opportunity for Athletics to review protocols and add additional training procedures to ensure a situation like this does not happen again.
We are focused on looking towards the future and focusing on the remainder of the season.
Media Relations Officer, Public Affairs
Office: 416-979-5000 ext. 4282
Sports Information Specialist
Ryerson University Athletics