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Fullerton's Jason Cunningham
Makes Appeal For Eligibility--(April 22,1998)

A five-member NCAA subcommittee is considering a second appeal by Cal State Fullerton to grant basketball player Jason Cunningham an extra year of eligibility.

Cunningham (6'-5" Sr. F) played for the Titans in 1997-98. A 1992 graduate of Los Alamitos High, he redshirted at CSF in 96-97. Prior to that he attended West Ark Community College in Fort Smith, Ark., UNLV and Fullerton College.

An original appeal by CSF on Cunningham's behalf was denied, Kevin Fite, a member of the NCAA's student-athlete reinstatement staff, said last Friday.

"We receive about 100 requests like this a year," Fite said. "Of that number, about 20 are denied and of that 20, perhaps five win reinstatement from the committee." There is no timetable for the subcommittee — chaired by Tulane athletic director Sandy Barbour — to render its decision, Fite said.

Cunningham has said he was misguided by an academic adviser in high school over required course work.

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