Alabama rescinds offer to Jost

January 25, 1995|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

Krissy Jost, who established herself as the metropolitan area's top female distance runner last fall, has had her full scholarship offer to the University of Alabama rescinded because of a recruiting violation.

Jost, who signed and mailed a national letter of intent to the Tuscaloosa campus in November, was informed nearly a month later that her letter of intent was not submitted for processing.

Steve Jost, Krissy's father, said he was told by Crimson Tide cross country and track coach Doug Williamson that Alabama athletic director Cecil W. Ingram ordered that Krissy and three other athletes who were visited on Williamson's trip "be cut loose."

Williamson committed the "secondary" recruiting violation when he brought his wife, who is not officially affiliated with the university, to the Josts' home on a visit.

"We were told [by Williamson] that the AD [Ingram] imposed the penalty on the university's track program and it was his decision and his decision alone," said the elder Jost. "Coach Williamson told me that Alabama's football program is currently being investigated by the NCAA and that they didn't want any allegations in any of the other athletic programs.

"They cut them loose to protect the football program, and I can kind of understand that but, if it had been handled differently, I could have accepted it a lot easier."

Telephone calls to Williamson and Ingram were not returned.

Krissy Jost's cross country coach, Marilyn Bevans, said she thought the way Alabama treated Jost was unfair, but she finds solace in the fact that Jost has been offered a full ride to Villanova, which has won the NCAA cross country championships the past six years.

"It's unfortunate, but, personally, I think it may have been the best thing that could have happened to her," said Bevans.

"This is no reflection on Krissy at all. This had nothing to do with anything she did, but the ball falls back on her. Sometimes things happen for a reason, and I'm sure Krissy will turn this into something positive."

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