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NCU men forfeit five basketball wins.

Byline: The Register-Guard

The Northwest Christian University men's basketball team must forfeit five wins from earlier this season, including a Cascade Collegiate Conference victory over Corban College, due to the use of an academically ineligible player.

After self-reporting the problem, the Beacons will forfeit wins against Walla Walla University, Linfield College, Simpson University, Pacific University and Corban. Their record shifts from 10-7 overall and 2-3 in the CCC to 5-12 and 1-4.

Sources close to the program confirmed that the ineligible player is Michael Van Loon, a 6-foot-3 senior from Yoncalla High School who hasn't played in a game since NCU's loss to Western Oregon on Dec. 14.

Van Loon, who transferred to NCU after playing two seasons at Linfield, started 11 of the 13 games in which he played for the Beacons. He was averaging 9.2 points and 3.2 rebounds per contest.

"This has been a disappointing situation to deal with on all levels," NCU men's basketball coach and athletic director Corey Anderson said in press release.

"While we have no choice but to face this adversity head on, the toughest part has been losing one of our team members due to his ineligibility."

Kristick accepts invite to play in Shrine Game

CORVALLIS - Oregon State and first-team all-Pac-10 linebacker Keaton Kristick has accepted an invitation to play in the 85th East-West Shrine Game in Orlando, Fla.

The Jan. 23 game will be televised at noon on ESPN2.

Ex-Wolverine Zarrugh joins PSU football staff

Willamette High School graduate Ahmed Zarrugh has been hired as linebackers coach at Portland State.

Zarrugh, who graduated from Willamette in 2003 and played defensive back for two seasons at Oregon State, started his coaching career as a graduate assistant with the Beavers and spent a year as linebackers coach at Western Washington. He has worked the last two seasons as a graduate assistant at Nevada with new Portland State coach Nigel Burton.

"Ahmed has been my right-hand man since he was a student assistant for me and played for me at Oregon State," said Burton, who was OSU's secondary coach from 2003-08 before becoming Nevada's defensive coordinator.

"He really brings a great knowledge to the program as a coach as well as recruiting knowledge. Ahmed is one of those young guys you can't kick out of the office. He does all the things that will make him a successful coach for years to come."
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Title Annotation:Regional Roundup
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Jan 7, 2010
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