New York Giants wide receiver Mark Ingram was allowed to keep his college football scholarship even after he was convicted of felony theft and jailed while a student at Michigan State, a university official says.
Gwendolyn Norrell, Michigan State's faculty athletic representative, testified Thursday in the fraud and racketeering trial of two sports agents that the university has "a discretionary policy" allowing it to look at each case individually in deciding whether to revoke a scholarship.But attorneys for sports agents Norby Walters and Lloyd Bloom pressed her and Ingram about why the receiver was allowed to continue playing after he was sentenced to 30 days in jail for pilfering from dormitory rooms.
"I do not consider it desirable behavior, but I did not consider it a means for taking away his grant in aid," said Norrell, whose job involves reviewing athletes' eligibility for scholarships.
But Norell also testified that she would have revoked Ingram's scholarship had she known he signed a contract with Walters and Bloom and received payments from them while a student.
"Then it's OK under your discretionary rules to be convicted . . . that would not justify taking away his scholarship, but if he signs a loan with an agent that he was going to pay back" that is not all right? asked Bloom's attorney Steve Molo.