By Chad Waller, Director of Communications and Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - (Bracket) The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) national office was notified on Tuesday evening by Oklahoma Baptist University officials that they had discovered that one of its men's soccer players had competed while ineligible during the 2012 season. One of those contests for Oklahoma Baptist was the 2012 National Championship Opening Round contest against MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) on Nov. 17 - a match in which Oklahoma Baptist advanced on penalty kicks, 5-4. Oklahoma Baptist has forfeited the contests in which the ineligible student-athlete competed, and their position in the NAIA National Men's Soccer National Championship has been vacated.
In consultation with the Executive Committee of the National Administrative Council (NAC), the decision was made to offer MidAmerica Nazarene, the team that Oklahoma Baptist eliminated in the Opening Round, the opportunity to play in the National Championship Second Round in Montgomery, Ala., on Nov. 27 at 6:30 p.m. CST. The opponent for the Pioneers will be Olivet Nazarene (Ill.).
"It is an unfortunate situation for all involved, but the decision of the NAC was the best resolution given the difficult circumstances," stated Jim Carr, NAIA President and CEO. "We commend Oklahoma Baptist administration for the self-report."
With the exception of MidAmerica Nazarene advancing to play Olivet Nazarene in the Second Round, the rest of the National Championship bracket will not change.
According to the NAIA Official Policy Handbook (page 97, XXV: A: 11), the result will not change in the Nov. 17 match between Oklahoma Baptist and MidAmerica Nazarene. That match will be officially listed as a 2-2 tie.
The updated bracket is located here.