Sandusky grad Turner declared ineligible at Vanderbilt
Jun 22, 2014 at 6:52 PM
Turner's out for the remainder of the College World Series and his future at Vanderbilt University is in doubt, according Vanderbilt University officials who won't say exactly why Turner's been sidelined.
Vanderbilt associate director of athletics Rod Williamson issued the following statement:
"Third baseman Xavier Turner has been declared ineligible for a violation of NCAA regulations and will not participate in the remainder of the College World Series, effective immediately. Vanderbilt's baseball program and Department of Student Athletics are in NCAA compliance. The university, Department of Student Athletics and the baseball coaching staff will have no further comments."
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Vanderbilt coach Tim Corbin told the Tennessean he would not speculate on Turner's future with the team.
"I just can't. I think I'm going to leave that completely alone."
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Turner, who was drafted out of high school by the Boston Red Sox but chose Vanderbilt, will not be available for comment for the remainder of the season.
Reached on Saturday while coaching a travel baseball team, Turner's father, Bert Ferris, said "there is little to add as of now.
"I'm out of town, I've been out of town, and all I know is what was reported Friday," Ferris, said. " I support my son, Vanderbilt University and the NCAA. There will be no further comment at this time."
On Wednesday Turner told the Register he was exhilarated to be part of the College World Series, calling it "a dream come true."
For the season, Turner batted .283 in 63 starts with 15 doubles, two home runs and 38 RBIs. He was 2 for 6 at the plate in two Vanderbilt wins at the CWS.
The Commodores and Texas played in a winner-take-all game to reach the championship series of the CWS late Saturday night.