(Ottumwa, Ia.) The nation’s third ranked junior college basketball team will not will a national championship this year. In fact, they are being banned from the post season.
The National Junior Collegiate Athletic Association notified the Indian Hills basketball program they were banned from post season competition in relation to incidents occurring after a brawl broke out between Indian Hills and Southeastern Iowa February 16 at Burlington, Iowa.
During the brawl, which followed SE Iowa beating Indian Hills in double overtime, Indian Hills sophomore Ronald Ross was arrested on a charge of assault for allegedly punching the son of SE Iowa head coach Terry Carroll.
According to the Ottumwa Courier, Indian Hills President Jim Lindenmayer bailed Ross out of jail before the team left Burlington. After being made aware what he did was an NJCAA rules violation, Lindenmayer self-reported the incident.
The NJCAA responded harshly, announcing the school was banned from all post season competition.
The Warriors, 26-4, were one of the favorites to make a run in the national tournament at Hutchinson, Kansas, in March.